Replace gravel/rock landscaping materials and walkways with a softer material, such as mulch or dirt. During particularly strong hurricanes, gravel has been found in mail boxes and has even shredded vinyl siding.
Inspect and repair the roof
Secure attached structures
- Have porches, carports, entryway canopies, and storage sheds inspected to make sure they are firmly attached and in sound structural condition.
- Consider the following repairs to improve strength:
- Replace any small, weak, or damaged posts, and strengthen post connections to the foundation/carport slab using appropriate brackets, bolts, and anchors.
- Supplement attachments of roof pans fastened with corroded fasteners, or fasteners without washers, by adding larger-size fasteners that use combination metal/neoprene washers—and install fasteners no more than 4 inches apart across each panel.
- Install posts and a support beam near the side of the home, and attach roof pans to this beam (unless the home included specific anchorage designed to support the roof of the attached structure).
Learn more about retrofitting, purchasing, and installing carports with the IBHS Consumer Safety Guide to Carports & Other Attached Structures.