Design for uplift protection. Hurricane-force winds can pull buildings apart with ease. Roof structures are particularly prone to damage, so using the correct construction fastening tie downs is a must. From tie-downs to lateral anchors, from hold-downs to embedded connectors, the choice of fastener will vary depending on design and materials used for construction.
Remember the doors. Garage doors
are real weak spots for hurricane-force winds. If the door gives way, the winds can enter the house and cause the roof to be torn off. Prevent this by making sure the garage door is installed to withstand these forces or brace an existing door to prevent its giving way.
Be ready for water. Try to keep your basement or crawl space dry with a more-than-basic drainage and sump pump system. Create redundancy in the system with two drain tile layers as well as battery backup, or better yet, have sump pumps backed with emergency power.
Keeping the power on. While you and your home will survive the storm, the power likely will not. Having a standby generator to produce electrical power is a must. While you can install a full house back up system, you don’t have to. If the generator is smaller and keeps only the essentials going, and protected from the storm you’ll be fine. Also, make sure to have plenty of the correct size batteries on hand.
Always stay above water. All building codes require for new homes in some coastal areas that the structure be raised. While garages and storage spaces can be placed on the ground floors of these homes, the construction should be such that the structure doesn’t block a storm surge.
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