Florida’s hurricane season has just begun, which means that it’s time to make sure that your biggest investment, your home, is protected. Florida accounted for 13% of catastrophic losses in the entire United States from 1986 to 2015. Hurricanes can result in millions of dollars worth of property damage. Protecting your home from these storms is important. Fortunately, there are hurricane protection products that can help you protect your home.
Hurricane Screens can be purchased in order to protect openings to carports, rounded glass windows, regular windows, and doors. These are a cost-effective and easily storable form of storm protection. Having hurricane protection products, such as hurricane screens, can help protect your glass windows and doors survive hurricane season.
If the idea of covering up your windows or your view is unappealing, clear Hurricane Panels are also available. In addition to providing storm protection to your glass doors or windows, Hurricane Panels have the added benefit of being left on all season or all year. Some Hurricane Panels even come with solar shields, which make your home more energy efficient.
The 2017-2018 Hurricane Season Begins June 1st, 2017. The International Hurricane Protection Association Wants You To Be Prepared.
Hurricane Season begins June 1st, 2017. Are YOU prepared?!
The 2017-2018 Hurricane Season Begins
June 1st, 2017. The International Hurricane Protection Association Wants You To
The destruction of a hurricane can devastate a community. Being prepared for a destructive storm is critical.
It’s never too early to get prepared for a hurricane. Official IHPA Partner Global Weather Oscillations predicts we will see six named storms this season make US landfall. GWO predicts four of these storms will be hurricanes. This prediction shows the 2017-2018 storm season being the most dangerous season since 2005.
It’s a great idea to create a storm preparedness kit before a storm is on the radar. If you wait until the last minute, trips to the store in the days before a hurricane can be frustrating with lack of supplies and general chaos.
Here’s a short list of suggested supplies to help prepare you in the event of a hurricane:
· Drinking water (72 hour supply PER person)
· First aid kit
· Flash lights
· Map of shelters in the area in case of evacuations
· Non-electric can opener
· Non-perishable foods (72 hour supply PER person)
· Non-prescription and a supply of prescription drugs
· One complete change of clothing per person
· Paper cups, plates and plastic utensils
· Water for sanitation use
· Non-electric entertainment (board games, books)
The IHPA is a not-for-profit organization, which unites and represents the Hurricane Protection Industry.
We are comprised of suppliers, manufacturers, contractors, architects, engineers, testing laboratories, governmental agencies and code writers dedicated to the protection of life and property from the devastation associated with hurricanes.
We seek to insure the publics’ safety and welfare by endorsing the testing and approval of legitimate hurricane protection systems and through information and educational programs.
Hurricane and storm protection are a primary concern for many homeowners. Home insurance may be able to help recover some of your losses, but there are some treasures that are irreplaceable. Safety is also vital in protecting everyone who resides in the home. Safeguarding against hazardous weather conditions can be costly.
Hurricane Protection Hardware
Shade screens for patios and windows
Heavy duty aluminum shutters
Manual or motorized aircraft grade aluminum garage door with security braces
Hurricane Safe Products allows you to do the job yourself like the pros at an affordable price. Their DIY kits include easy to install hardware, parts and mounts already drilled for assembly. They may also help you save money on cooling energy bills with some of their heat resistant products.
Contact us today or visit our website at www.hurricanesafeproducts.com
Sarasota County’s Ed McCrane says to be informed, have a plan and have a disaster kit.
By Elizabeth Djinis
Posted May 21, 2017 at 11:37 PM Updated May 21, 2017 at 11:37 PM
When The Weather Channel’s senior hurricane specialist ranked regions in Florida based their vulnerability to hurricanes, he put the Tampa Bay area at the top of his list.
“Because of the density of the population and the inexperience of the population with hurricanes and just the raw threat of all the people living on islands with a long distance to go to evacuate,” said Bryan Norcross, who is well known for his coverage of 1992′s history making Hurricane Andrew.
Local emergency management officials hear it all the time: It has been years since Sarasota and Manatee counties have been directly hit by a hurricane. The last time Sarasota County experienced the eye of a hurricane was in 1944, when a cyclone hit with winds above 100 mph. Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have moved to the area, many of whom have never witnessed a major hurricane.
“If we ever were to be hit, it would definitely be rough,” said Sarasota County Emergency Management Chief Ed McCrane. “I don’t think anybody really realizes how serious it can be, so they need to never take these for granted. Every season is different, every storm is different.”
Local and state officials are gearing up for another six-month hurricane season, which starts June 1. Many of them gathered in West Palm Beach last week for more training at an annual state conference.
McCrane’s department holds preparedness seminars for various community groups upon request, and also produces a disaster planning guide each year, he added. But his three tips remain the same. He tells people to be informed, put together a disaster kit and have a plan. Across the board, emergency management officials emphasize that evacuation is significantly more difficult if residents only plan 72 hours in advance.
Sarasota County has 20 shelters, three of them special needs and all of them local schools. But local emergency management officials say staying with a friend or in a hotel is preferred to a shelter, where visitors may have to sleep on a classroom carpet, sleeping bags or cots brought from their homes.
“Shelters are a last resort,” McCrane said. “They’re not the Love Boat, they’re a life boat.”
Manatee County’s 25 shelters can house more than 32,000 people, according to Sharon Tarmon, one of the county’s emergency management officers. During Hurricane Matthew last year, the county opened up the shelters as a host community. While they housed more external visitors than locals, Tarmon did not know the exact number of people in Manatee County’s shelters during Matthew, which stayed just of Florida’s east coast.
One of the biggest problems Tarmon sees during the threat of any tropical storm is a disbelief among residents that the storm could be bad enough to warrant evacuation.
“Listen to authorities,” she said. “If we tell you to move, move. Don’t risk your life, don’t risk your family.”
Both Sarasota and Manatee counties updated their hurricane storm surge evacuation level maps this year. Tarmon and McCrane urged Manatee and Sarasota County residents to know their evacuation zone. Residents can type in their address and find their zones online for Sarasota County and Manatee County.
Preventing Wind Damage
If you live in Florida, then it is essential to have hurricane protection products on your home to prevent damage from rain and wind. Regular window screens cannot withstand the high winds and torrential rain from a hurricane, but you can install specialized hurricane protection screens instead. At Hurricane Safe Products in Sarasota, Fla., we install a variety of storm protection items, including hurricane panels, windows or screens.
Protection From Debris
Hurricane screens are made from a stronger metal mesh that permits air and sunlight to enter a home, but the items do not rip or disconnect from the exterior walls during a storm. Our hurricane screens have sturdy metal frames that we attach firmly to a window’s opening to protect the glass. With high-quality hurricane protection, flying debris such as broken glass and tree branches are less likely to enter your home.
Reduce Insurance Costs
After installing new storm protection devices on your home, make sure to contact your insurance agent for an evaluation of your policy. Not only will hurricane screens, panels and windows protect you and your home, but also, installing the devices can lead to a discount on your homeowner’s insurance.
Hurricane Shutters Will Prevent Moisture Damage Inside Your Home
Hurricane protection for your home is vital in Sarasota, Fla., to prevent damage from the heavy rains and high winds of a severe storm. At Hurricane Safe Products, we have an assortment of storm protection products such as high-impact windows and hurricane panels. In addition, we can install high-quality hurricane shutters. Many of our customers want an affordable hurricane protection product, and hurricane shutters cost less than high-impact glass windows. The installation of hurricane protection devices on homes is essential in Florida to prevent moisture damage inside a building.
A Hurricane Shutter Protects You From Flying Broken Window Glass
Hurricane shutters protect your home in Florida by being easy to attach to a building’s siding or existing window frames. When a storm is on its way, you can move the hurricane shutters over your windows and doors quickly to prevent breakage from high winds. If window glass breaks during a storm, it can cause property damage by cutting the drywall on the ceilings and walls. In addition, the broken glass can injure a building’s occupants by causing severe lacerations, but hurricane shutters will prevent broken windows on your home.
The most important of these products are hurricane panels on windows. Hurricane shutters protect your windows (which are not cheap themselves) from flying debris and extreme pressure shifts. More to the point, they are protecting everything behind it—including you—from flying shards of glass and intense water damage.
Hurricane shutters are not always that cheap, but they are excellent value, for three reasons. First and most obviously, they are protecting your other possessions, and the house itself, from storm damage. Secondly, if your Plan B was to slap on plywood every time a storm comes, the shutters are saving you a considerable amount of money there, too. But most importantly (and least obviously) Florida homeowners’ insurance policies generally give you a bonus for having hurricane shutters, so they pay for themselves even if the big storm never comes.
One of the most common and useful investments against hurricane-force winds would be our hurricane panels and screens. These items are:
- Easy to put into storage, like the calm portions of storm season and the “off-season” of December through May.
- Relatively inexpensive, allowing you to easily purchase enough to reinforce every window.
- Durable and resilient to the sort of winds commonly generated during a hurricane.
We also offer two varieties of clear paneling that are easily installed with little difficulty. Once installed, you do not need to worry about placing them before a storm, these panels do their job year-round.
- Lexan panels are “ultra-clear” and feature a corrugated construction.
- Flat panels can be shaped to order. Furthermore, they actually reject heat, which benefits consumers by insulating the home, preventing heat from escaping the house and making a modest dent in the energy costs of the home.
– Advisories will now be issued for potential tropical cyclones before the storms even form
– Storm surge watches and warnings will be issued
– Earliest reasonable arrival of storm force winds will be part of the forecast
– The cone of uncertainty is shrinking
– Advisory graphics have been improved
While the National Hurricane Center is doing all it can to help get better more complete warnings out in plenty of time to keep everyone safe, it is also up to each household to do their part for hurricane protection as well. Installing hurricane panels in advance of hurricane season is the best way to protect your property and your family. Panels, shutters, screens, and impact film protection can make a huge difference in your personal safety. In addition, many homeowner insurance policies recognize the importance of hurricane prevention measures and will give you a discount on your premiums to help compensate for the cost of instillation.
There are several improvements you can make to your home to provide hurricane protection that insurance companies recognize as valuable and offer discounts for.
– Panel shutters or hurricane-impact glass can protect your windows during hurricane-force winds.
– Other types of hurricane panels such as flat or corrugated panels can protect larger openings in your home such as doors.
– Screens offer a protection for larger openings, rounded glass, or other odd-shaped openings.
Make sure the improvements meet state and county building codes and any regulations by the Office of Insurance Regulation. Your insurance company might want to send an inspector to verify the improvements.
The initial investment to upgrade your home with hurricane safe products will be recovered over time by the discount your insurance company will offer. The better quality products that you use, the greater your discount might be.