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Preparing Your Multifamily Building for Hurricane Season: A Step-by-Step Guide
Protect Your Windows
Highspeed winds can cause debris to shatter your multifamily windows. If you don’t have hurricane-tempered glass windows, the best and most affordable option is to safeguard your windows with wooden boards such as plywood. If you do have hurricane-tempered glass windows, you don’t need to board your windows. In areas where hurricanes are a common occurrence, your house may come with hurricane shutters. Never use duct tape on your windows for safety. When taped, glass can break into larger shards, which can be even more dangerous than small pieces.
Secure Your Outdoor Items
Pools, outside furniture, and yard décor should be placed in a safe place indoors before a hurricane is expected to hit. For items that are too big or dirty to come inside, such as lawn care tools, kayaks, and pool chairs, you’ll need another strategy for securing them. A smart way to keep your waterproof belongings safe is by placing them in the pool at your multifamily building.
Keep Your Trees Trimmed
Fallen trees and branches can cause major damage to people, homes, and vehicles. Schedule regular tree maintenance and as hurricane season reaches.
A blockage in your guttering can cause an overflow that sends water to your basement or doorways. Clean out leaves, branches, and other debris.
This is necessary for everyone. Make sure you have backup generators and supplies just in case your residents go without. Write down the item and serial numbers of valuable items and appliances. Save receipts in a secure, high-up place and make digital copies if possible.
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Things To Do After A Hurricane For Your Multifamily Property
- Avoid power lines and handle power outlets with caution.
- Take inventory for losses and damages.
- Never take up unlicensed contractors.
- Contact a property damage claims attorney to ensure you get the payment you deserve from your insurance company.