Hurricane Safety

13 Jul 2014
Hurricanes come with wind, rain, lightning and thunder. Your property needs to be secured. Trees/shrubbery should be trimmed; loose debris, glass windows/doors to be stabilized. Check for property damage afterwards.
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A hurricane is a type of tropical cyclone that forms over the warm, humid air near the equator in the Caribbean and the Atlantic Ocean. According to the ODPM the Atlantic Hurricane Season extends from June 1st to November 30th, but Trinidad is most likely to be affected during August to September. We need to be prepared, as hurricanes are very dangerous, with high winds, heavy rain, lightning  and thunder. It is important that you know how to secure your home for safety in case one strikes.

Your Yard
  • Make sure that you keep your trees and shrubbery trimmed. Remove damaged and dried limbs, this prevents the wind from blowing them violently at your home causing damage to your house's occupants.
  • Tie down or remove any loose debris in your yard as they can be harmful when they are thrown around by the wind.
  • Use garden cloches (small translucent covers  for protecting or forcing outdoor plants)and covers to protect your plants from the heavy rain.
  • Set up a barrier to protect your plants from flood water that can damage their roots.
Your House
  • You should stabilize your glass windows and glass doors by covering them with storm panels or shutters.
  • Consult your electrician to have a lightning protection system installed. This will consist of lightning rods and cables.
  • Consult your electrician to have a whole house surge protector installed.
After the Severe Weather
  • Check to see if glass windows and doors are broken, if they are, cover them with tarpaulin sheets until you can repair them.
  • There is no thunderstorm without lightning, and lightning can damage your house. Be sure to check for wall cracks, it is rare for lightning to cause serious damage to walls however, they can cause hairline cracks. Now hairline cracks are small and very thin but can get worse over time, so it is better you nip it in the bud.
  • If there was flooding check your walls and floors for water damage. You can do this by checking them for stains. 
  • Check your roof for damaged flashing and if you have shingles check to see if any of them are missing, cracked or curled, these may need replacing.

Go the ODPM for more information.