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Guides for entering, inspecting & repairing buildings damaged by hurricanes

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Hurricane damage assessment & damage repair or restoration procedures.

This article series provides residential & light construction hurricane damage assessment procedures for buildings following hurricanes or tropical storms and wind damage. We discuss safe building entry procedures, setting the priority for repairs, and we give more detailed building inspection advice for building structures such as foundations & framing, and inspection and restoration of building mechanical systems.

We discuss initial or rapid steps to minimize building damage such as proper procedures for water removal, dryout, prevention of avoidable mold growth control, mold cleanup. We also include links and citations to expert sources for emergency relief (FEMA, ARC in the U.S.), and we cite scholarly books and articles on building damage prevention. Our page top photo shows wind-damaged siding following a hurricane-type storm.

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Hurricane Damage to Buildings: inspection, assessment, repair, prevention + hurricane safety advice

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If a hurricane is likely in your area, these are things you should do:

When to leave your home in the face of a coming storm, hurricane, cyclone, or similar severe weather

If you are unable to evacuate, go to your safe room. If you do not have one, follow these guidelines

Hurricane Damage Prevention Advice for Homeowners
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Additional References for Prevention of Damage to Homes by Hurricanes & Tropical Storms

Windstorm Advice

See WIND DAMAGE topic home page. Excerpts are below.

Trim back, cable-tie, or remove trees close to the building and have an arborist (tree specialist) inspect the health of large trees near the building.

Build or find a safe place to wait out a tornado. The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH®) recommends having a safe room or storm shelter professionally built [32] but in our estimate most homes do not have a specially-constructed storm shelter. But you may be able to reinforce a basement area or a closet or storage room to serve that purpose.

Tornado & Windstorm Safety Steps to Take After the Storm

Don't re-enter a building that may be unsafe due to collapse hazards, fire hazards, electrical shock hazards, or LP or natural gas leaks. BUILDING ENTRY for DAMAGE ASSESSMENT includes safety suggestions that pertain to wind, tornado, earthquake and other disasters as well. There we discuss how to enter a building safely and how to determine if it is safe to turn utilities back on.

References for the Prevention of Damage to Homes by Winds Associated with Hurricanes


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