Preparing your home for a storm

July 23, 2019 – We are in the midst of storm season. By now, you should have your family’s disaster plan and kit ready to go if the situation calls for it. But is your home prepared if a storm comes to SWFL? The most important precaution you can take to reduce damage to your home and property is to protect the areas where wind can enter. Below are tips to help you prepare your home:

• Protect your windows with hurricane shutters or plywood.
• Trim dead branches from trees and shrubs around your home, avoiding those close to power lines.
• Clear your patio and yard of furniture, potted plants, toys and other debris.
• Anchor items that cannot be taken inside.
• Turn off and unplug the TV before lowering an antenna or satellite dish.
• Protect your electronics with surge protection devices.
• Reinforce your garage door at its weakest points.
• Inspect doors and add extra locks or slide bolts.
• Inspect and secure mobile home tie downs.

For everything you need to know before, during and after a storm, download the LCEC Hurricane Guide from