9 Ways to Update Your Home to Prepare for Extreme Weather

Ensure your roof is in good condition and reinforce it if necessary. Use impact-resistant materials and consider installing hurricane straps or clips.

Roof Reinforcement

Install storm shutters or high-impact glass to protect windows. Ensure all windows and doors have proper seals to prevent water infiltration.

Seal Windows and Doors

Invest in a generator or a battery backup system to ensure you have power during outages. Test regularly and keep fuel or batteries stock

Backup Power

Raise electrical panels, HVAC systems, and water heaters to higher floors or platforms to protect them from flooding.

Elevate Utilities

Anchor down outdoor furniture, grills, and other items that could become projectiles in high winds. Consider storing them indoors during severe weather.

Secure Outdoor Items

Trim trees and bushes to reduce wind resistance and potential damage. Ensure gutters are clear and direct water away from your home’s foundation.

Landscaping and Drainage

Strengthen garage doors with braces or replace them with hurricane-resistant models to protect against wind damage.

Reinforce Garage Doors

If your area is prone to flooding, install a sump pump in your basement or crawl space to remove excess water quickly.

Install Sump Pumps

Prepare an emergency kit with essentials like food, water, medications, and first aid supplies. Develop a family emergency plan that includes evacuation routes and communication strategies.

Emergency Kit and Plan