It’s Hurricane Season!

Hurricane Season Predicted to be Slow to Normal – How to Get Your Home Ready

The Central Pacific Hurricane Center says that this hurricane season, which typically runs June through November, we should expect slow to normal activity. No matter what’s predicted, it’s smart to have a hurricane kit, with items like flashlights and a radio, but did you know there are also things we can do in Hawaii to protect our homes in the event we get hit with a big one?

Hurricane clips, also called hurricane ties, secure roofs and decks to framing to help fight upward forces of high winds. They don’t look like ties or clips – they’re metal pieces that are screwed into both the roof truss and house frame for added security.

Consider adding storm windows, or impact-resistant windows, next time you remodel your home, or if you’re buying new. Storm windows have a panel of shatter-proof material in between the two planes of glass. If something hits the window, the glass will crack but the window will not break or allow the wind to come into the house.

In places like the Bahamas, homeowners install storm shutters when building their homes. Instead of boarding up a house with plywood like many of us did during Almost-Hurricane Lane a couple years ago, storm shutters can be pre-installed and just roll down to cover all the windows in a home.

Impact-resistant, reinforced garage doors should also be considered to protect your home. Most garage doors are light to keep cost down, but CNN reports that 80 percent of hurricane damage to a home happens after wind rips off a garage door, leaving the house vulnerable. Wind ripping through a house gets under the roof, and can reach you and your loved ones hunkering down inside.