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Avoiding These Hurricane Preparation Mistakes Can Keep Your Home and Family Safe

high impact windowsHurricane preparedness is an essential part of life in some parts of the world. If you live in Florida and aren’t focusing each year on securing your home and keeping your family safe for upcoming storms, you’re making a major mistake. You should be at least thinking about improving your home’s structure and preparing for the next hurricane.

Unfortunately, it’s not as easy to just focus on hurricane preparedness and expect to have a hurricane proof home. There are all sorts of important steps that need to be taken and, perhaps more importantly, mistakes that need to be avoided. Making certain mistakes when it comes to prepping for storm season could end up having catastrophic results.

Here are some common mistakes to avoid when preparing for potential upcoming hurricanes and other storms:

  • Ignoring weather updates — Having immediate weather alerts sent to your phone can actually save lives when it comes to the middle of hurricane season. If you’re not aware of an oncoming storm, you and your family might be in severe danger. Receiving weather updates right away will allow you to gather your emergency resources and prepare for an approaching storm in a timely manner.
  • Not securing your home with high impact windows and hurricane proof doors — High impact windows and doors are essential for any home that is at risk of being struck by a hurricane. Window and door systems that have an impact resistant glazing system of 105 to negative 130 can withstand hurricane force wind speed of more than 100 miles per hour.
  • Failing to evacuate when prompted — If a hurricane is severe enough, sadly, there is no amount of preparation that can protect your home and your family. If local officials are advising you and your family to evacuate the area, even if it’s the last thing in the world you want to do, you need to listen, pack, and evacuate. Grab your prepared disaster kit, inform others where you’re going and when you’ll arrive, and get out of the area.

Make sure your home is fully prepared for any upcoming hurricanes this year. If you want to learn more about how to hurricane proof your home, as well as find high impact windows and high impact glass door systems, give Engineering Glass Systems a call today.