Hurricanes have the potential to cause substantial damage to historic properties in our state. With little time to prepare for a threatening storm, we recommend that you review our checklist below and consider taking immediate action to protect your property.

I. Exterior
Doors & Windows:

Secure all doors and windows. Windows and doors are extremely vulnerable to flying projectiles. Shutters and plywood provide additional protection. If a window is broken out, water can spray across the room damaging collections.

Loose Objects: 

Trash cans, signs, lawn furniture, water hoses, childrens' and pets' toys, and other loose objects can become dangerous projectiles during a storm. It is essential to move loose objects to a secure location.

Gutters, downspouts, and drains:

If there is time, clear gutters and downspouts of leaves and debris. If downspouts empty around the foundation of the building, consider adding temporary extension pipes to carry water away from the building. Be sure to secure the extension pipes.

II. Interior

Move objects away from windows, doors, and fireplaces.
The areas in a building most likely to fail during a severe storm are windows, doors, roofs, and chimneys. Be sure to remove hanging decor from above fireplaces

Protect fragile objects from potential moisture or wind damage. 
Consider moving items such as glassware, prints, pottery, etc. into safe containers, chests, or boxes to protect from storm damage.

Shut off gas to building.
LP Gas should be cut off at tank; Natural Gas should be shut off at exterior valve. Gas lines can be damaged during a storm. Better to play it safe.

Shut off partial/full power.
If a building will not be occupied during a storm, consider turning the main power breaker off. It the building has a security & fire system, consider leaving the breaker on for the system. Breakers should be shut off for exterior outlets and any which are vulnerable to moisture. Hurricane force winds can blow moisture into exterior frame wall cavities.

III. Supply List

We recommend that you have the following items on hand for emergency repairs and to protect objects from moisture:

  • Buckets: Several large and small ones to collect water
  • Towels, Blankets, Rags, Mop: For water clean-up
  • Roll of Plasic: May need to cover objects or windows following the storm. 
  • Tarps and ropes: Necessary for emergency roof repairs. Roll roofing and sheet tim are also helpful.
  • Plywood and lumber: Essential for temporary window, door, and roof patches
  • Camera or video camera to document property. It helps to document the building and contents before the event.
IV. Responsibility Checklist and Contacts

Know who will check your site if we have a severe storm. Consider the difficultly that individuals may have accessing the site or leaving home with their own serious problems. More than one person should have a responsibility to assist in checking on the site.

In the event that your site suffers storm damage, please report the damage by filling out our online reporting form. Contact your county's assigned Restoration Branch staff member for questions about repairs and reporting.