The Atlantic hurricane season runs June 1 through November 30.
Prepare your business now to reduce damage.

1. Inspect your roof 

Start with your roof and its components. In the guide below, you will learn how to inspect and maintain your roof, whether you have a low-slope roof with a membrane, a steep-slope roof with shingles, or anything in between. You will also find guidance for roof components like drainage systems, flashing, roof-mounted equipment, and more. 

2. Seal your windows

  • Check seals around windows and use sealants compatible with adjacent building materials to seal any cracks or gaps to keep water out.    
  • In some cladding and/or storefront systems, there are weeps that are intended to stay open and should not be caulked.  

3. Inspect your roll-up, garage, and overhead doors

  • Check the brackets that connect the door frame to the structure. Make sure they are tightly secured, not missing any bolts or nuts, and are not broken.
  • Make sure there are no major dents, damage, warping, or rusting.
  • Check for a wind label. If there are no labels, contact a commercial door contractor to determine if you have the proper door for your area.

4. Secure outdoor equipment, signage, inventory, and other loose items

  • Consider pallets, tables and chairs, patio umbrellas, benches, and other moveable items.
  • Make sure sign connections have no missing bolts or screws and are free from rust.

5. Trim your trees

  • Keep all trees trimmed and away from the roof and building. Trees near or overhanging your building can damage the roof, damage the building, and clog drains.

6. Check your drainage

  • Ensure all outdoor drains are clear of debris, especially around shipping and receiving areas.
  • Be sure roof drains are clear.
  • Extend downspouts away from the building to divert water.

7. Review your insurance policy

  • Know what your insurance policy covers—and what it doesn’t.
  • Store your insurance agent’s contact information in your phone.

8. Understand your flood threat

  • Look up your property on your local flood map by visiting FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center or by contacting your city or county government to understand your flood risk. Note: Flooding can occur outside of high-risk flood areas.
  • Know the base flood elevation (BFE) for your property and determine whether the elevation of your building’s lowest floor is above or below the BFE.

Remember: Return periods are just probabilities. A “1 in 100-year event” does NOT mean it happens once every 100 years; it means there is a 1% chance every year that this type of event could happen.

9. Create a business continuity plan

10. Get reliable weather information and alerts

  • Stay alert to help you and your employees stay safe. Purchase a NOAA weather radio for your business.
  • Find a reliable source for hurricane updates. Pay attention to hurricane forecasts from the National Hurricane Center (NHC). Follow the NHC on Facebook or Twitter and tune in to local news often.

Note: Maps are used to communicate critical weather information. Know where you are on a map and know your county name.