Although some storms pop up without warning, others -- like hurricanes -- can be tracked for days so there are steps you can take to minimize the damage to your home and property. Take our quiz and see if you know what they are.
You should have the plywood ready to go even before a storm is approaching. If you wait until the last minute, you and thousands of others will be clamoring for the few pieces left.
Experts say tape is not going to stop your neighbor’s garbage can from flying through your kitchen window at 100 miles an hour.
The farther you get from a window, the safer you will be.
Trees can cause considerable damage. Cut dead limbs and branches off.
Home shelters safe lives. If you don’t have a storm safe room, head to the basement or in an interior room or closet in the middle of the floor.
Purchase “L-shaped” brackets from the hardware storm and secure appliances to the walls or countertops.
Watch out for any hazards, but secure these babies to the wall or floor.
Pick everything up outside of your house. Wind-whipped tools, toys, chairs and tables can be deadly.
Strong, tall trees can provide a natural windbreak, but be sure to remove dead limbs and trim the healthy trees.
If possible, you should replace your older windows and glass doors with impact-resistant glass.
A loose, blowing propane tank is a bomb waiting to explode. Don't bring it in the house, however. Try to secure the tank outside as best as possible.
Put fresh gas in your chain saw, and keep your other tools in good working condition. You’re going to need them.
It’s important to know how to turn off any propane, natural gas and electricity that runs to your home.
These metal straps can hold the roof frame to the walls of the house.
This is a no-brainer, but poorly attached plywood is likely to blow off, especially in hurricane conditions.
You don’t want your neighbor’s grill or patio table to land in your living room.
That way if they’re damaged or you need new hardware, you can take care of those things before a storm arrives.
The extra third hinge will help anchor the door.
Because of their size, garage doors are highly susceptible to wind damage. The center supports can easily be removed.
Replace any gravel or rock in your gardens with shredded mulch.