What You Can Do: Protection

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Buckle Your Seat Belts

“Oh, no, that tree will never come down in a storm. It’s too big.” Wrong. Think of worst-case scenarios and then move to avoid them prior to realizing that a storm or flood is coming your way. Cut down those overhanging limbs. Fix those gutters. And if you are a coastal resident, don’t wait for that wave lapping at your front porch steps announcing that it is the time to shore up your foundation, ideally raising your house above the projected storm surge line. From hurricane clips on roofs to elevating basement items like oil burners that will flip over and leak in a flood, you need to get out in front of the threats. There are plenty of ways that you can access information on protective actions that will save you lotsabucks.

“Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie.”

- William Shakespeare

“There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.”

- Aldous Huxley



Hurricane clips for your roof cost about $500 for a 2000 square-foot, one-story home designed to resist 110 mph winds. The cost to replace that same roof after a storm can cost you up to $5000.

Blocked gutters will cause water to run off your roof and dump directly against your foundation, increasing the likelihood of basement flooding. Cleaning your gutters during a nice fall day could mean one less thing to worry about during the next big storm.

During winter storms, burst pipes can leave you without water and damaged homes. Be aware of quick solutions if you are worried that your pipes may freeze before you have the chance to implement long-term solutions like improving pipe insulation — setting your faucets to have a slow drip may be enough to prevent short-term damage.

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