Cyclone season is a serious concern for all homeowners in areas prone to those extremely destructive weather demons. You see, there not much in the world you can do to completely cyclone-proof your home. The fact is that if nature deals you a direct hit, then you’re not going to be able to reverse it no matter how much you may have prepped your home.
Nothing is as devastating as the fury of nature, especially when She goes cyclone-crazy! But there are several steps you can take to make your home and family far safer in the event of an indirect cyclone hit.
Cyclones destroy and damage homes and other structures through the inducement of very high winds (in excess of 74 mph). Also, heavy rain-filled thunderstorms are going to be dumping oceans of water on the area. Flash flooding, lightning storms, power outages, flying debris, snapping trees and loads of other unpleasantries abound – and what most people have to keep them safe is their homes.
So let’s take a look at some practical and feasible ways to protect your home, and therefore your family, in the event that you are ever in the path of a destructive cyclone.
Protecting Your Home from Cyclonic Destruction
- Have a professional inspect your home for structural integrity. The doors, windows, roofing and siding materials should be installed to manufacturer’s recommendations. The roof is especially important and should be designed and installed with maximum uplift protection in mind.
- Check for corroded fasteners. In many cases, damages from cyclones would be avoided if not for rusted out nails, screws & gusset plates; rotted timber and lacking masonry strength.
- Put your lawn furniture and all other non-stationary items inside. When the winds are whipping, debris and object fly. And when objects fly, they break through doors and windows. Flying objects also kill people who are unfortunate enough to be in their paths.
- Ensure that your gutter and downspout system is properly anchored. In addition, have your fascia and soffit checked for stability as these are very common house features that experience problems with high winds.
More tips for making your home cyclone-safe!
- Check your trees for proximity to your home. The basic fact is that if you have a rotten or aged tree too close to your home, it may crash right through your roof or walls if a cyclone comes to visit. It’s best to remove any trees that are weakened or otherwise likely to hit your home.
- Be aware of any structural degradation caused by marauding termites or other pests. When termites eat away at your timber, it gets weak. In time, the timbers of your home can be reduced to hollow shells by these insatiable woodeaters! Schedule an inspection by a professional pest control expert.
- Regularly maintain your home. In cyclone areas, the common humidity and heat cause building materials to break down. By keeping on top of routine maintenance at home, you will decrease your probability of sustaining any serious wind or rain damages in the event of a cyclone.
And of course, you should always understand the amount of cyclonic damages your home & contents insurance covers (or doesn’t cover). You don’t want to be the person who erroneously assumed that their homeowner’s insurance would cover flooding and some other types of damages that are commonly experienced during a cyclone. By taking the time to develop a family safety plan for cyclone season, you’ll feel more relaxed, better prepared and far more likely to avoid serious damages.