Eight Ways Homeowners Can Prepare for Hurricane Season

Storms at the end of summer in most parts of the country are typically fast and fierce, often arriving with little warning and delivering a deluge of water with high winds that can damage homes, yards, landscapes and gardens. In addition, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration projects this year’s Atlantic hurricane season—which runs through the end of November—will be “extremely active” and potentially the most active since 2010.

“During the last days of summer and heading into peak hurricane season, It’s important for homeowners to think ahead and make preparations to minimize any potential damage while also heading off larger, more expensive problems later on,” said Ryan Larsen, a civil engineer at NDS, Inc., a manufacturer of wide range of drainage and stormwater management products. Larsen is also known as “Dr. Drainage” in NDS’s YouTube instructional video series about how to select and properly install solutions that fix the 8 most common water problems encountered by homeowners.

To help homeowners prepare, Dr. Drainage offers the following eight tips:

1. Designate a space as a storm center

Create a space in the pantry, garage or basement specifically for storm preparedness. Use it to store flashlights, batteries, candles, bottled water and non-perishable foods, among other things. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has a website devoted to storm readiness and provides a list of specific items that ought to be included in storm preparations; it also explains the frequency with which certain supplies should be swapped out if they haven’t been used.

2. Stock up on water

Flooding from summer storms can taint the local water supply, so make sure there’s enough safe, potable (i.e. drinkable) water. It’s a good idea to keep 3-4 cases of bottled water in the garage or basement, just in case. Should access to clean water not be possible, the general rule of thumb is to plan on using one gallon of water per person per day (plus extra for each pet).

3. Close windows

This may seem obvious, but windows are one of the biggest things homeowners overlook when a storm is approaching. Make sure windows – and especially, basement windows – are closed. Basements or crawlspaces often have…

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