GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

Lifestyle

May 24, 2013

Hurricane season approaching, now's time to prepare

Disaster has been in the news this week, with the string of damaging tornadoes in Oklahoma. We used to think of tornadoes as an event that rarely struck here in New England, but after the destruction in Munson in June 2011, and after confirmation that a small twister touched down in Stoughton on May 9 this year, we may need to start thinking about high wind events in addition to hurricanes, and how to prepare for them. Super Storm Sandy was not exactly a hurricane, but the damage she did was not much different.

Of course, hurricane season is approaching, too, so what can homeowners do now to prepare themselves? Lest we think that it involves a huge “honey do” list, some preparations are simple and only take a little while. Of course, others are best handled by professionals, perhaps when you build a home in the first place, or while making renovations. For example, there are “hurricane straps” that can be fitted to help prevent a roof from lifting off a house. No one knows hurricanes like the Floridians, and there are many resources, such as the “Hurricane Retrofit Guide” available on webSites such as www.floridadisaster.org.

The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes Inc., FLASH, is a non-profit, 501(c) 3 organization dedicated to promoting disaster safety and property loss mitigation. IT has joined State Farm Insurance and Kohler Generators in sponsoring a website designed to help families prepare. It’s called The Great Hurricane Blowout (http://www.greathurricaneblowout.org).

The site has suggestions on how you can start preparing, in just an hour, a day, or a weekend at a time.

For example, in an hour, you could put together a list of the items outside your home that should be brought in should there be an impending storm — it even gives you a form with some suggestions, such as grills, planters, tools, toys, swimming pool equipment, etc.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Lifestyle

Your news, your way
Pictures of the Week
Comments Tracker
AP Entertainment Videos
Adam Levine Launches Clothing Line for Women Paul Wesley Sinks His Teeth Into Directing Chelsea Clinton Is Pregnant Josh Thompson Streams Album to Hook New Fans Franco Leads Star-studded Broadway Cast ShowBiz Minute: Singer, Young, Poehler Sparks Fly With Derulo and Jordin on New Album Nas Movie Opens Tribeca Film Festival Zooey Deschanel Adds Designing to Her Repertoire Miley Cyrus Still in Hospital, Cancels 2nd Show 'Half of a Yellow Sun' Hits the Big Screen Diaz Gets Physical for New Comedy Swift's Bus Drives Into Country Hall of Fame ShowBiz Minute: Cyrus, Walker, Combs Pedro Pascal Plays 'Game of Thrones'' Red Viper Deeley Shows Acting Chops in Hulu's 'Deadbeat' Ora Strips Efron at MTV Awards ShowBiz Minute: MTV Awards, Lopez, Royals Stars Hit Red Carpet for MTV Movie Awards Conan Backs Colbert, Hosts MTV Movie Awards