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Hurricane research studies have shown that on average; homes built under the 2002 Florida Building Code sustained less damage and when paired with shutters may be safe to stay in as long as they are not in an evacuation area. 

Homes built between 1994 and 2001 under the Standard Building Code sustained more damage and homes built before 1994 fared even worse.

Before storm season begins, take the following steps to protect your home:

  • Secure loose rain gutters and downspouts, and clear clogged areas or debris.
  • Secure and reinforce your roof, windows and doors, including garage doors.
  • Consider building a FEMA safe room designed for protection from high winds and flood waters.
  • Learn how and when to turn off gas, water and electricity.

Mobile or Manufactured Homes

Mobile homes are unsafe shelter in high winds no matter how well fastened to the ground. Take precautions to ensure that your mobile home is properly secured to reduce possible damage to your home and your neighbor’s property.

  • Check tie-downs annually. Make sure straps are tight, properly aligned and not on an angle.
  • Verify that ground anchors and stabilizer plates have been installed properly.
  • Be sure support piers are in contact with the frame.
  • Replace straps or ground anchors that show signs of corrosion or damage.

For detailed information or to verify a contractor’s license, call the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Mobile Home and Recreational Vehicle Construction at 850-617-3004.

Checklist for Sheltering in Place

  • Clean bathtub or other large containers and fill with water.
  • Drinking water, one gallon per person, per day, for at least three days.
  • Canned food and a can opener.
  • Paper items.
  • Baby needs.
  • Medications, prescriptions and a first aid kit.
  • Battery-operated television or radio, flashlight and extra batteries.
  • Cash (ATMs may be out-of-service).
  • Pet supplies.
  • Photocopies of important documents (birth certificate, license and insurance).
  • Full tank of gasoline in your car.