years ago, my family and I drove overnight from Maine to
New Jersey, trying to get home ahead of Hurricane Irene.
memory from late August 2011 prompts
hurricane-preparation thoughts today. Here are some tips
from Ready.gov — some things to do well in advance of
start, put together an emergency kit and make a family
your surroundings. Learn the elevation level of your
property and whether the land is flood-prone. That will
help you know how your property might be affected should
storm surges or tidal flooding occur.
community hurricane-evacuation routes and how to find
higher ground. Determine where you would go and how you
would get there if you needed to evacuate.
plans to secure your property, starting with covering
all your home’s windows. Permanent storm shutters
offer the best protection. Another option is to board up
windows with 5/8-inch exterior-grade or marine plywood,
cut to fit and ready to install.
straps or additional clips to fasten your roof securely
to the frame structure. That will reduce roof damage.
sure trees and shrubs around your home are well-trimmed
so they are more wind-resistant.
loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
your garage doors. If wind enters a garage, it can cause
dangerous and expensive structural damage.
to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, trash
cans, and anything else that is not tied down.
a generator for emergencies.
you’re in a high-rise building when high winds are
present, be prepared to take shelter on a lower floor
— wind conditions increase with height — and in a
small interior room without windows.
flooding is a possibility, be prepared to take shelter
on a floor safely above the water and any wave effects.
what we endured last winter, and remembering what Sandy
brought our way, better to be braced for the worst when