Take these steps to reduce damage to your home from hurricanes and storms.
Reseal loose shingles - Shingles that have become loose over time are vulnerable to damage from wind and water. Use roofing adhesive in a caulk gun to seal them down. This can help prevent water from entering your home.
Shut the doors on hurricane winds - Research from IBHS shows that closing all your interior and exterior doors before evacuating can reduce damage if strong winds enter your house. "If a window or door is broken by flying debris or has blown open, your house will rapidly fill with air (imagine a balloon inflating inside your house) and cause a dangerous increase in peak forces pushing on the roof. Rigorous scientific wind testing at the IBHS Research Center reveals that closing interior doors helps compartmentalize the pressure inside a home into smaller areas, reducing the force on the roof by as much as 30%, which gives the roof a better chance of staying intact."
Learn about other steps you can take to prepare for a hurricane on DisasterSafety.org