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Preventing and Minimizing Property Wind Damage

Wind damage to your business property and vehicles can be quite costly and can occur in minutes. After all, it's impossible to predict the timing, strength, and potential damage of any storm. A few preventive measures can help lower the risk of property damage and save you money in repairs and lost productivity.

Check your building's roof so it’s protected against wind damage and ensure:

  • Shingles meet or exceed the local building code and are rated high for wind and impact resistance
  • Shingles are snugly nailed down and fitted tightly together
  • The roof sheathing is securely nailed down
  • The connection between the roof and walls is tight enough to keep updrafts from lifting off the roof
  • HVAC units, skylights, and pipes are secured and won't be blown off

Make sure your building's exterior is protected from wind damage by checking the following:

  • The building is well sealed to prevent wind from getting in cracks and crevices and causing interior damage
  • Siding and windows are tightly attached
  • All entry doors are triple-hinged and secured with a deadbolt lock
  • Overhead doors are braced sufficiently and able to withstand high winds

Make sure the grounds around your property are protected from wind damage by checking the following:

  • Storage sheds and outbuildings are securely anchored
  • Everything you have stored outside (equipment, inventory, and supplies) are anchored or can be easily moved inside
  • Dumpsters, outdoor lighting fixtures, and fencing are secured
  • Large shrubs and trees close to your building are healthy and pruned
  • Outdoor signage is tightly anchored, secure, and designed to withstand the weather in your region

Make sure company vehicles are protected from wind damage by doing the following:

  • If possible, store vehicles inside a garage or storage building
  • Never park vehicles under a tree during an approaching storm
  • If you must park vehicles outdoors, be aware of things that could cause damage such as branches, lampposts, and power lines
  • If a windstorm approaches, consider sending fleet vehicles home with approved drivers

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