Natural disasters don’t wait on humans to be ready to respond. This Investor Hurricane Preparation Checklist is designed to help you develop a maintenance plan that will give your property a better chance of surviving a hurricane. Heeding the tips below could save you thousands of dollars or may even save a life.

Preparing the Property

  • Keep trees and shrubs well-trimmed so they are more wind resistant.
  • Secure loose gutters and downspouts and clear any clogged areas or debris to prevent water damage.
  • Retrofit to secure and reinforce the roof, windows, and doors.
  • Brace garage doors.
  • Bring inside any furniture, yard ornaments, or play equipment that could act as a dangerous projectile.
  • Coverage all windows with permanent storm shutters or 5/8″ marine plywood. Tape does not prevent windows from breaking.
  • Move valuable items away from windows, and to the upper floors if possible.
  • Check that the battery backup for the sump pump is working to prevent drain backups.
  • Purchase a portable generator for use during power outages. Remember: keep generators and other alternate power/heat sources outside, at least 20 feet away from windows and doors, and protected from moisture. NEVER try to power the house wiring by plugging a generator into a wall outlet.
  • Consider building a FEMA safe room or ICC 500 storm shelter designed for protection from high winds and in locations above flooding levels.


Download the Investor Hurricane Preparation Checklist.