Prepare for Hurricane Season

Before hurricane season, consider the following items:

  • Check metal and wood support columns on patios for rust and wood decay.
  • Evaluate your home's foundation for cracks and other damage.
  • Check your windows, doors and roof to make sure they are able to withstand a potential storm.
  • Consider deadbolts to strengthen doors.
  • Ensure your shed is secured to a permanent foundation or strapped in the ground with anchors.
  • Ensure your garage door(s) close completely and have appropriate reinforcement.
  • Keep your yard free from debris and loose items.
  • Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed so they are more wind resistant.
  • Clean your yard of items that could become projectiles during high winds or a hurricane.
  • Document, photograph or video your home and possessions for insurance purposes.
  • Check for loose rain gutters and unclog all rain gutters.
  • Know where your utility shut offs are located.
  • Review your insurances policies.
  • Know your evacuation routes and where you will be going.
  • If you have a portable ramp, ensure it is properly secured or removed once you evacuate.

Resources


South Carolina Hurricane Guide