Anne Arundel County Department of Inspections and Permits continues to highlight building safety throughout the month of May. This week’s theme “Bounce Back Faster from Disaster – Build to Code,” emphasizes the importance of preparing your family and home for natural disasters.
Anne Arundel County is vulnerable to all types of weather emergencies – earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires and other severe storms. The International Code Council offers several tips for protecting your home and family in the face of inclement weather.
Develop a family action plan and practice regularly what to do during a weather emergency. Select a safe location away from your home where your family can meet if required to evacuate; assemble a disaster supply kit containing water, food and medications for each family member and pets, to last at least three days; and know how to shut off electricity, gas and water services.
Severe storms and hurricanes are possible in the mid-Atlantic region. Prepare for high winds and improve your roof’s resistance to uplift by applying a ¼-inch bead of caulk along the intersection of the roof deck and support element; and secure your home with impact-resistant doors and windows or shutters and panels, or mount temporary emergency panels on window exteriors.
Secure lawn furniture, trash cans, grills and other items that can become wind borne and cause damage or injury during a storm.
Use Surge Protective Devices (SPD) to protect electronic appliances from lightning strikes.