3 Tips to Prepare for High Winds
Prepare for High Winds
Whether from a winter storm or a summer deluge, high winds are one of the most potentially damaging parts of any storm. Able to turn simple waste bins into high-speed missiles, storm winds can be responsible for excessive property damage and even injury. If you’re wondering how to prepare your Whitehouse, TX, property for the risks of storm or hurricane damage, read on for tips that can save you money and stress.
Defining High Wind
Determining what constitutes high wind isn’t simple. The National Weather Service has tried to make it easier. Per NWS:
- Winds 15 to 25 mph are considered “breezy”
- Winds above 25 mph are considered “windy”
In general, gusts falling into the windy category warrant taking the following steps.
Secure Your Property’s Exterior
Wind can easily pick up loose items outside and launch them into a building or person. Invest in wind shutters or cover windows with plywood in a pinch if gales are anticipated. Secure items like gas tanks and water heaters to prevent them from becoming projectiles.
Secure Your Interior
It’s easy but unwise to forget about the inside of your property when preparing for hurricane damage. Anchor large furniture like bookcases and cabinets that can fall over. Use Velcro or straps to secure computers or other fragile electronics.
Inspect Your Property
One of the best tips is to inspect your property well in advance of storm season, when you have the most time to make changes. Inspect your property for trees that need trimming or removal; trees with loose root systems can easily tip over in strong gusts. Have your roof inspected to ensure there are no loose tiles or shingles that can be dislodged amid winds.
High winds can pose a high risk. Be ready. Use these tips to reduce the risk of storm or hurricane damage and contact a storm cleanup specialist to handle any damage you do incur.