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How to Protect Your Cape Cod Home from a Storm

By Thomas Mitchell

During hurricane season in the coastal areas, property damage is a big concern. To avoid as much damage as possible during the hurricane season follow these helpful tips.

Take preventive measures before the hurricane actually touches down. You should have a first aid kit in your home, and all family members should be clear on what they are to do during a bout of extreme weather. If you need to evacuate, you are going to have to know evacuation routes too. You will want to have a good understanding of your surroundings as well. You should also be aware of which areas around your home are more likely to flood.

Boarding up your windows will offer some protection against wind and rain. Storm shutters work best but you can also use store bought plywood. Tape will help stop windows from shattering but won't prevent them from breaking. To reduce roof damage you should use straps or clips to fasten the roof to your frame structure and prevent it from being torn off. Make sure all the vegetation around your house is trimmed for maximum wind protection as well. If there is any blockage or debris in your downspouts and rain gutters you need to remove it. Having clear lanes of drainage will help prevent flooding in odd areas.

You will want to reinforce your garage door somehow, because wind can do serious damage to the inside of a garage. Also make sure everything you own that's outside and not tied down is brought inside. If you own a boat or other outside vehicle make sure it is heavily secured against wind. Having a backup generator installed won't hurt you any, neither will having a safe room built, if you can afford it.

Hurricanes are serious business and if your home is an area where hurricanes happen frequently, it's imperative that you take the correct safety measure to avoid loss of property, and life. Always listen for news reports of impending storms and follow instructions from law enforcement.

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