Monday, January 9, 2017

Hurricane Valley: What’s It Like to Live in a Hurricane-Prone Area?

Hurricanes are an inevitable part of life for some people. It’s the built-in risk you take when you live in tropical climates and weather. If you like to have the sun for the majority of the year, hot weather and sandy beaches, then it’s just a trade-off you’re going to have to live with. Fortunately, modern technology and research have enabled us to prepare for inevitable hurricanes and storms, and with a strong insurance plan, you can safely live in these dreamy areas.

When you live in a hurricane-prone area, the chance of property damage is inherently high, especially during any Atlantic hurricane season. Fortunately, residents are usually given plenty of warning so that they can evacuate or hunker down and wait it out in their specialized designed shelters. Living in a hurricane area comes with many differences. For example, insurance policies might cover different things than you’re used to, and you’ll need special equipment like hurricane shades over your windows to protect yourself against the storms.

Building Changes

As you might expect, buildings in a hurricane-prone area are constructed a little differently. For example, the roof of your home is usually bolted down with at multiple different points to the rest of your house. This means that your roof is less likely to be ripped off which has happened many times in the past to different people. Steel hurricane clips are usually utilized to secure a roof to the home, and these upgrades are expected as a standard when buying a home in a location like Florida or New Orleans. You can do them yourself (which is why many folks from these areas quite handy) or get them professionally installed.

Shelter Rooms

You can’t design an entire home to be completely hurricane-proof—at least not in any practical fashion. It would be incredibly expensive and time-consuming to create, but you can make certain rooms and areas indestructible. Many houses in hurricane areas have underground shelters which are fitted with emergency supplies, a radio and spare clothes. These types of disaster shelters are also used in the event of a war or similar situation that would require civilians to hide. When people go shopping, it’s not unlikely for them to pick up large bottles of water, canned foods and other long shelf life supplies to store in their shelters.

Power Cuts

And of course, let’s not forget the various types of inconvenience these hurricanes and storms can cause. If you notice your lights flickering or power cutting off, then a storm is likely coming. Many modern houses in hurricane areas come with backup generators that can run off various fuels. These generators can typically power an entire home as long as it has sufficient fuel, but since it’s expensive to operate people only use them in emergency situations. You can also get smaller generators that can power several smaller appliances. Many modern generators will kick in when it senses that the house isn’t getting enough power and you might not even realize that your connection to the power grid has been cut.

There are many ways on how you can prepare and live in places and be ready in times of unavoidable weather situations. Do you guys have hurricane experiences? Comment down below!

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