When a storm approaches, quick DIY projects can help 'hurricane proof' your home

By Marian Johns | | Aug 8, 2018


Homeowners should take steps to "hurricane proof" their home before a storm makes landfall.   File photo

There are several steps homeowners can take when a hurricane threatens their area that may help protect against storm damage and do not require the work of a contractor. 

A recent blog post from Kin Insurance suggests homeowners take steps to "hurricane proof" their home before a storm makes landfall. According to the article, steps such as securing outdoor furniture, installing storm shutters, bracing doors, and checking your caulking can help to lessen damage from a storm. 

Items such as patio furniture in the yard might not seem like a big deal, but they can become dangerous projectiles in the strong winds of a hurricane and cause big damage to your home. Securing windows and doors is also an important way to make your home more resilient to wind damage, according to the Kin blog post. Suggestions include storm-proof glass windows and reinforcement kits for doors. 

According to the article, caulking can be your best friend when it comes to helping fight against water damage. 

Be sure to stock your pantry with non-perishable foods, water and stock up on batteries. A portable charger for cell phones is also a good idea. Finally, check your hurricane deductible to ensure you have the best coverage. 

"There’s only so much any human can do to withstand the force of mother nature," the blog post states.  "That’s why hurricane insurance exists!"

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