Prepare your Backyard for a Tropical Storm/Hurricane
Forgot to prepare your backyard or garden for an incoming hurricane/tropical storm? Here are some last minute preparations you can do around your garden and backyard to keep the area as secure as possible.
1. Outdoor Furniture
Bring the outdoor furniture indoors. If that’s not possible then take a picture of the furniture items, especially the expensive ones, then stack them together by the corner or by the fence. Secure them further by tying the furniture against a fence, tree or any other stable object. After the hurricane, check your furniture and make sure they don’t contain any unwanted passengers such as ants and bed bugs. Last thing you would need is a pest invasion.
2. Tall plants & Trellis
Make sure these tall objects are laid to the ground. The high-wind conditions may knock them down. Try and keep these tall structures away from open ground. You may want to lock them down next to concrete structure.
3. Irrigation & Drainage
Make sure all irrigation systems are turned off and the valves that control those systems are secure. You don’t want the storm to damage the pipes that connect the irrigation system. This may lead to more flooding in your backyard if they have not been turned off properly.
4. Loose Objects
Last but not least, scan your backyard and store any loose objects indoors. In high-wind conditions, these objects can become dangerous projectiles. Items to lookout for include: bins, potted plants, lawn statues and ornaments, and garden tools.
Stay safe and always use common sense when you deal with these emergency situations.
After the Storm
We hope your property remains unscathed after the storm has passed. Here are a couple of tips to consider after the hurricane or storm has passed.
If a sewage backup occurs near your home then stay well away from the affected area. Do not let pets or children play around the affected areas.
Clean Up Procedures
Each locality may have different clean-up procedures. For example, some areas may tackle large storm debris first before cleaning up general trash. Keep these debris organized to make the cleanup as efficient as possible.
Published on January 7, 2015 by Sam Choan.