Before an emergency weather event, such as a hurricane, take photographs of your yard and home. Remove or secure all non-secured outdoor items that may become airborne projectiles during high winds.
Buildings or Sheds
Outdoor structures, such as sheds, should be installed according to code. If they are not, and time permits, remove the structure.
Lawn Furniture and Ornaments
Remove all patio furniture from your yard or terrace, and store it in your garage, house or apartment. Remove potted plants, lawn ornaments and sculptures and store them indoors. These items could damage your home if picked up by the wind.
Patio screens may pop out in high winds.
Satellite dishes should be installed according to code. If possible, remove and secure indoors. Otherwise, to secure for a storm:
Winds of over 100 miles per hour will pull turbines off; leaving a hole that allows rain and wind to enter into the attic. Before hurricane season, buy metal caps for your roof turbines, as the caps may not always be available in stores during hurricane season. When a storm threatens the area, remove the turbines and place the cap over the exposed hole in the roof.
To make a temporary cap:
Updated June 2017