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Hurricane Facts and Myths

The Biggest Myth is that “It Will Not Happen Here”

When preparing for a hurricane, it is easy to find yourself turning to popular myths to protect your loved ones and your property. For example, you may have heard that taping a big “X” on your windows will prevent them from breaking and keep you safe in a hurricane. Actually, that “X” will do little to protect your windows from being shattered by the wind or flying debris. Instead, you should install permanent storm shutters or board up your windows with marine plywood that has been cut to fit them.1

The “X” tape myth is just one of the many misconceptions about adequate hurricane preparation. Take a look at a few other popular hurricane myths:

Myth #1 – You Only Need to Protect the Windows Facing the Water

Hurricane-force winds can turn landscaping materials and other outdoor items into projectiles that can break windows on any side of your home.2 All windows and glass doors should be secured to guard against high winds and flying objects.

Myth #2 – If You Lean against a Window or Door, You Can Keep it from Blowing Inward

You are putting yourself in danger if you remain in front of windows and doors. Instead, you should:

  • Stay away from windows and glass doors.
  • Close all interior doors and brace external doors before the storm.
  • Take refuge in a small interior room, closet or hallway on the lowest level. Read More 
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