Florida, Louisiana, and North Carolina are some of the states that are most frequently visited by these natural disasters. Generally, five days is the maximum accurate forecast of a hurricane that can be made. In most cases, it’s much less.
The HUD code was meant to improve the safety of mobile homes, and this included drastic upgrades in their wind resistance. In fact, mobile homes are zoned according to what strength winds they can handle and are technically only allowed in the appropriate zones.
There are many things you can do for hurricane safety apart from ensuring that you have a HUD-certified home with an appropriate stormwind rating.
- Hurricane season in the Atlantic runs from the first of June until the end of November every year for those on the east coast. If you stay in this area, you should be prepared to be on alert for this entire time.
- Stay on top of the weather news and predictions. You can also sign up for local weather alert SMS groups or get an NOAA radio.
Make an evacuation plan
- Once they have issued hurricane warnings, authorities will designate evacuation zones. Sign up for a host home program or make arrangements with friends or family that stay outside the affected area. Also, find out the locations of local crisis centers.
- Make a mental (or even better, physical) note of all the most important items (don’t forget documents) that you need to take with you in case of an evacuation and have a strategy for transporting them. This includes medication and pets. If you have space, pack items to pass the time.
- Special needs patients should make further arrangements with their local fire department.
Secure your home
- Tie-downs or anchors, as well as a permanent foundation, can help in strong winds and are mandatory in Florida. However, these will not be of much help in a full-blown hurricane.
- As an extra precaution, make sure your home meets local flood zone specifications. Usually, this involves the home situated at a certain height and lifted up by piers.
For additional hurricane safety and preparation advice, visit the hurricane section of the Ready.gov website.
What to do during a hurricane
The best thing to do in case of a hurricane is to pack up your things and go! Mobile homes are very vulnerable to hurricane damage. Most homes will be completely destroyed either by the winds, floods or blowing debris. Make sure your home is covered by your insurance policy.
You should never, ever, ever attempt to ride out a hurricane, not in a stick-built home and definitely not in a mobile home. They are just too unpredictable, and there are too many possible dangers involved.
Follow these hurricane safety tips and protect your loved ones.
Many people refuse to head the warning signs and try to stick things out with their home until the end. We understand it can be hard to accept the loss of your home that’s filled with all your prized possessions and memories. However, it’s important to keep the perspective that nothing is more important than the lives of you and your family. We hope these hurricane safety tips help you prepare and stay unharmed.