Recent years have seen a rise in the harshness of severe weather and the cost of repairs for the damage left behind. It is not uncommon for severe weather relief to cost in the billions. This means it is more important now than ever to protect your property from severe weather.
From coastal regions to tornado alley, extreme weather affects every part of the United States. No matter where your property is located, invest in weather-resilient upgrades to fortify your property, mitigate damage and safeguard residents and staff.
The Financial Benefit of Storm Mitigation
A recent NIBS study shows the cost-benefit ratio for storm resilience is 11 to 1, which is higher than previously thought. For example, ensuring roofs comply with hurricane wind resistance requirements earns $10 in savings for every $1 spent.
Severe weather resilience enhancements are a good addition to property capital improvement plans. Recent data has shown that all parties benefit from investments in mitigation. Residents and employees benefit from added safety and security, while lenders, investors and property owners see a noticeable return on investment in the way of reduced repair costs.
Hurricane season runs from June 1-November 30th. For half of the year, the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of the United States are at a much higher risk for tropical storm and hurricane damage. Flooding and high winds cause the greatest destruction, but the good news is that investing in hurricane proofing can reduce the impact of wind and flood damage.
Along with property improvements that mitigate hurricane damage, be sure to have generators, emergency lighting, blower fans, wet/dry vacuums, flashlights and batteries on hand for a speedy recovery and cleanup after the storm. Also, train your team on emergency procedures to further quicken your property’s recovery.
Spring is the season when tornadoes are most active, but they can occur at any time nationwide. Tornadoes account for 65 deaths and 1,500 injuries per year. FEMA recommends property owners build a safe room designed to keep individuals protected during a tornado.
As with tropical storms and hurricanes, it is vital that you stock the right supplies for a faster, easier recovery. Tarps, plywood, dehumidifiers, generators and flashlights are just some of the solutions that create a safer environment for residents with broken windows or a power outage.
Flooding is one of most pervasive causes of property damage from severe weather. In fact, 85% of disaster declarations are attributed to flooding and often occur after major weather events like hurricanes. Invest in floodproofing strategies like replacing first floor doors with sealed-gasket flood doors and installing waterproof covers for vents.
A well-designed landscaping plan that includes permanent barriers and retention ponds acts as a floodproofing strategy for a property’s perimeter. Install concrete floodwalls to tie them into the look of your landscaping and buildings’ exteriors. Retention ponds divert water away from buildings and store it elsewhere.
High-Wind Damage Avoidance
Properties may face high winds during hurricanes, tornadoes and thunderstorms. Winds faster than 86 miles per hour often cause costly damage to roofs, windows and doors. Be proactive by upgrading to wind-resistant features.
Investing in higher-quality, wind-resistant roofing, doors and windows also prevents water damage. Furthermore, these higher-quality options typically provide energy savings year-round. Other simple strategies like trimming tree branches and anchoring equipment also reduce damage from high winds.
Extreme Temperature Regulation
Most of the country is experiencing more extreme temperatures, meaning it’s important to add heat-resilient upgrades to your extreme weatherproofing strategy for the safety of staff and residents. These upgrades should be added particularly in high-temperature areas or when planning for power outages following severe weather.
Backup generators and insulation work together to keep temperatures at safe levels during a power outage. Energy-efficient windows that open to allow airflow also ensure comfortable temperatures. Roofs are another important way to prevent heat transfer. Light-colored or green roofs are excellent choices.
The Calm before the Storm
Keep your property and people safe during extreme weather by investing in weather-resistant upgrades. Not only does weather mitigation and preparation provide safety, it also saves money on repairs in the long run. Download our Severe Weather Checklist here.