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Hurricane Preparedness Week - Thursday

Strengthen Your Home

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Whether you are evacuating from the area or sheltering in place, performing a general assessment of your home and making it hurricane-ready is always the best plan. During Hurricane Preparedness Week, we urge you to prepare for hurricane season by performing an inspection of your property and getting the supplies needed to strengthen your home. 

The strong winds present during Hurricanes Matthew and Irma lead to extensive property damage in Chatham County. During Hurricane Matthew, many of the ancient oak trees found throughout the area were toppled over with their root system exposed. Before a hurricane strikes, be sure to remove or trim any dead or diseased tree limbs that are hanging over your house or garage. Ensure that trees that can reach your home are healthy and, if they are not, have them removed. 

Take time now to do a quick home assessment for any outdoor hazards or repairs that need to be made. Make a list of any work that needs to be done outside as well as any openings to your home that could be penetrated by wind or rain. Check all outside entry doors to ensure they are securely fastened to their frame. If you have a garage door, ensure that it has a horizontal brace to help secure it against the wind. If strong winds are able to breach the garage door the only direction the wind can travel is up, which could remove the roof of your home. 

By assessing your property now, you could potentially save your home during a hurricane. You are more likely to find the supplies you may need to secure your home at a fraction of the costs. By strengthening your home now, you are helping to strengthen our community.

Last Updated: May 10, 2018 8:26 AM

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