Monday, May 28, 2018



Prepare Your Home

Floods and Tornadoes





  • Fasten exterior items securely to your house to prevent them from becoming flying debris. Move loose items indoors.
  • Caulk/install weather stripping to all doors and windows to prevent wind from entering.
  • Install impact-resistant shutters on all windows.
  • Make all entry doors impact resistant by installing head and foot bolts with a minimum of one inch bolt length into solid material to guard against wind pressure and to improve security.


  • Properly brace garage doors and tracks to meet impact resistance criteria.
  • Brace the roof gable end framing with interior horizontal and vertical beams to strengthen the gable against strong winds.
  • If you have a fuel tank, it needs to be anchored to resist the force of floodwaters and flotation.


  • Install tie-downs on any porch and carport columns.
  • Secure wall-to-foundation and wall-to-roof connections with anchor bolts/rebar or other tie down devices to ensure wind uplift resistence.
  • Install impact resistant windows and sliding glass doors.
  • Anchor door frames to wall framing.
  • If replacing your roof: Confirm rafters and trusses are securely connected (tied down) to the walls. Replace damaged sheathing and properly refasten existing sheathing. This should include a certified wood adhesive between the sheathing and structure members. install a roof covering designed to resist high winds and meet Class A fire-resistant specifications. Consider a double layer of heavier felt roofing paper secured with sufficient tin-tabs to keep it fastened to the roof sheathing. Conside taping the roof sheathing joints with self-adhering roofing underlayment. This tape will prevent water damage if your roof is blown off.
  • If your house is more than one story, firmly connect upper story wall framing with lower framing.
  • Elevate your utilities such as air conditioner, electrical box, water heater etc., above the base foot elevation or higher.
  • Install sewer backflow valves to prevent sewage entry into your home during flooding.
  • Construct or reinforce an interior room or reinforced shelter from high winds or tornados.