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homes are particularly vulnerable to hurricane-force
winds. Anchor the mobile home with over-the-top or frame
ties. When a storm threatens, do what you can to secure
your home, then take refuge with friends, relatives
or public shelter.
you leave, take the following precautions:
breakables in boxes and put them on the floor
Remove mirrors and tape them. Wrap mirrors and lamps
in blankets and place them in the bathtub or shower
Install hurricane shutters or pre-cut plywood on all
Shut off utilities and disconnect electricity, sewer
and water lines. Shut off propane tanks and leave
them outside after anchoring them securely
Store awning, folding furniture, trashcans and other
loose outdoor objects.
you’ll need to know the basics of the three parts
of the anchoring system:
are the anchors, steel rods several feet long that
screw into the ground. Only a few inches of the anchors
should be above ground level; otherwise, they won’t
have the holding power they’re designed for.
Second are the steel straps. They fasten around the
frame of the mobile home and are attached to the anchors
with adjustable bolts. Almost all homes should have
at least eight, and sometimes more than 24 steel straps,
depending on the size and when the home was built
and installed. The straps themselves shouldn’t
be loose. They should have some tension to keep the
home from rocking and working loose in high winds.
If you can reach the straps, give them a tug to make
sure they’re tight. Otherwise, poke at them
with a long stick or board to make sure they’re
Last are the piers that the home sits on. They’re
usually made of concrete blocks stacked on a concrete
pad, although a few homes may be on solid concrete
piers, especially if they’re elevated several
feet above the ground. Make sure that the piers are
straight and stable and that the blocks aren’t
crooked or broken. If there are wooden shims or spacers
between the piers and the home, make sure they’re
set firmly and not rotted or damaged.
Solid Waste Authority has prepared the following list
to help you get ready for hurricane season.
Season Maintenance (December through April)
major cutting of vegetation (i.e., tree removal) should
be completed long before June 1, the beginning of
hurricane season. Do all major cutting/tree removal
from December through April.
Cut back all trees and weak branches that could contact
Thin your foliage so wind can flow freely through
branches, decreasing the chance that trees/plants
will be uprooted.
Place tree trimmings at the curb on your regular scheduled
collection day and follow the 6/50 rule (i.e. six
feet in length and each piece can not exceed 50 lbs.
Containerize small pieces of vegetation such as pine
needles, leaves, twigs, etc., in bags or cans that
weigh less than 50 lbs. When full and place at the
curb on your scheduled day.
Clean your yard of any items that could become missiles
in a storm such as old lumber, broken lawn furniture,
etc., and place curbside on your bulk waste collection