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The most important precaution you can take to reduce damage to your home and property is to protect the areas where wind can enter. It's important to strengthen the exterior of your house so wind and debris do not tear large openings in it. You can do this by protecting and reinforcing these critical areas, you can also find information about boarding up your home for emergencies:

Roof, Windows, Doors, Garage Doors, Emergency Board Up  

Remember: building codes reflect the lessons experts have learned from past catastrophes.
 
Contact the Sarasota County Call Center, 941-861-5000, and ask for Planning, to find out what requirements are necessary for your home improvement projects.
 
Flood Insurance
The National Flood Insurance Program, is a pre-disaster flood mitigation and insurance protection program designed to reduce the escalating cost of disasters.
 
The National Flood Insurance Program makes federally backed flood insurance available to residents and business owners.
 
Flood damage is not usually covered by homeowners insurance. Do not make assumptions.
 
Check your policy.
 

 Be Prepared

 

Portable generators are handy during power outages, but they can also be dangerous. Follow these simple rules to ensure safe operation.

 
 

 Manufactured Homes

 
Safety Tips for Manufactured Homeowners 
Use the following safety tips to bolster home safety.

Consider installing a longitudinal tie-down system at the front and rear of your home. These systems rely less on ground anchors and can help avoid the effects of rust and corrosion on wind uplift resistance. Skirt your home to keep embers and combustible materials from getting underneath.
 
Conduct an annual safety check-up and follow these tips:
  • Check for loose straps.
  • Make sure straps are properly aligned and not on an angle.
  • Make sure there is no entry point for combustible materials to get under the home.
  • Check for the proper number of tie-downs and for proper installation.
  • Check for proper installation of ground anchors and stabilizer plates.
  • Make sure that support piers are in contact with the frame.
    Replace straps or ground anchors that show signs of corrosion or damage.
  • Consider installing a longitudinal tie-down system located at the front and rear of your home.
  • Have a plan where to go during a tornado/hurricane threat: a nearby pre-identified safe structure within walking distance.
  • Get Together With Neighbors
  • If you live in a mobile or manufactured home park and severe weather threatens, get together with other residents and the park owner/manager to designate safe shelter areas in the park or community. 

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