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Boarding up your home

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Hurricanes are incredibly destructive because they bring a triple punch of wind, storm surge, and heavy rain.

When it comes to protecting your property, the first thing to do is secure light things in your yard that can blow around and become potential missiles, like lawn furniture and trash cans.

Experts say the 'weakest link' in most homes is windows. Flying debris will quickly break glass, and that allows a storm's powerful winds to drive rain inside -- causing damage to walls, carpet, and furniture.

Covering windows -- and thereby protecting the glass -- is considered the first step in protecting homes from hurricane damage.

There are many methods for covering windows:

  • Plywood
  • Protective film
  • Plastic storm stoppers
  • Permanent shutters

But keep in mind that fortifying your home won't protect you from everything. The age and condition of a house should also be considered. Covering windows will do little if your roof blows off in a Category 5 storm. So remember that if evacuations orders are issued, follow them closely -- for your safety.

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