Meteorologists predict this year’s hurricane season to bring “a near-average number of hurricanes and tropical storms.” But, South Florida residents know all too well that regardless of the forecast, it only takes one storm to cause catastrophic damage.
After Hurricane Andrew in 1992, building regulations changed. Since then, properties in South Florida are built to withstand intense hurricane-force winds. Nevertheless, there’s still plenty of proactive measures property owners and building managers can take to mitigate the damage during major storms.
Here’s what we recommend to help you prepare your building for the effects of a hurricane:
- Clean drains, gutters, and downspouts of the buildings.
- Remove antennas or loose objects from the roof.
- Bring in display racks and other objects usually left outside.
- Secure all loose objects, such as trash cans and planters, that might become projectile.
- Remove portable outdoor signs.
- If building has exterior glass frontage, clear out as much of that section as possible.
After the shock of a hurricane dissipates, people need the type of normalcy the workplace provides. The SFM Landscaping team of experienced professionals can help you prepare your property in order to provide much-needed stability after a storm.