What You Haven't Considered for Hurricane Season

By: Cameron Taylor Email
By: Cameron Taylor Email

Hurricane season officially begins on June 1st and you may have already begun stocking up on what you need if a storm hits. FEMA recommends many things for a basic disaster supply kit including a gallon of water per person, per day, non-perishable foods, and extra batteries.

There may be a few things you haven't considered that could become important when it comes to protecting your home.

When you think of a hurricane hitting, you may think it only affects those who live near the water. But for those cities not on the Gulf of Mexico like Lynn Haven, there are still precautions to take.

"If you see tree limbs that are within 18 inches or so above your roof or gutters now, now's the time to trim them back. Think of them swinging back and forth in the wind. It will literally beat your roof off and then that lets water into your house," said Al Wilson, a building inspector of Lynn Haven.

Besides trimming your trees, you should also watch out for flooding. Lynn haven has been known to flood when a storm comes. Insurance agents say many residents opt out of flood insurance because their home hasn't flooded before.

"The problem is particularly with flooding, people don't realize over the 30 or 40 years they've owned that home everyone around them has been pouring concrete and asphalt and that water is going to run somewhere," said Trey Hutt, an insurance agent.

Hutt says most people have home owner's insurance, but he's seen a rising trend.

"More inland property owners have trimmed back than folks out on the coast. If you're on the beach, people are maybe even hyper-sensitive to hurricanes whereas in town they're maybe feeling they're a little safer," said Hutt.

There are other things you can do to prepare by walking around your yard and picking up things that could become hazardous during a storm like plants, lawn chairs, and grills.

Last year the state adjusted a building code that now requires homes a mile away from the Gulf of Mexico to have window shutters or plywood to protect them.

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