It’s official: Hurricane season has arrived. According to the State of Florida Division of Emergency Management, more hurricanes make landfall in Florida than any other state in the U.S. Are you prepared? What do you plan to do to protect your family and your Tampa, Lakeland or Orlando new home?

Below are some hurricane safety tips to help you protect yourself and your home.

Develop a family disaster plan: When the hurricane hits, where will you go, how will you get there and how will you care for your pets? The disaster plan will help you answer these and other questions.

Build a disaster supply kit: This should include everything your family will need for three days (as long as it may take disaster relief workers to reach you with supplies). Suggested items include water, food, medicine, important legal documents, clothing, pet supplies, flashlights, extra batteries and something to keep you entertained such as non-electronic games.

Once you have your plan and supply kit in place, then next thing you should do is make sure that your home was constructed by Central Florida home builder Highland Homes. Our homes are built to the latest building codes for hurricane safety and include the following features:

  • Hurricane straps on the roof connections
  • Windows meet current design pressures required by the Florida Building Code
  • Shingles meet ASTM standards for wind resistance required by the Florida Building Code, and also often are covered by a longer warranty (25 or 30 years) than older shingles
  • Stem wall foundation: Raises the home above ground level for less chance of water intrusion and creates a more stable foundation.
  • Lot and driveway elevated to drain away from the home
  • Reinforced concrete block construction
  • Reinforced garage doors
  • Specially engineered roof trusses
  • Underground power lines

These are just some of the hurricane safety benefits of a new home versus an older home. Keep in mind that homes built prior to 1994 are especially at risk because the high wind building code was not standard at that time.

Make sure your family is safe this hurricane season. For more information, visit the Highland Homes website.

For more information about protecting your home, visit the following websites:

International Code Council

Florida Division of Emergency Management

Florida Department of Community Affairs