The 2014 hurricane season is here. If your mobile home is not properly secured with Tie Downs for mobile homes, Florida Anchor and Barrier can help you.
Another important consideration is that your Mobile Home must be secured properly according to your local Building Code or your Insurance provider can deny paying your claims after a hurricane or other natural disasters.
A Mobile home that is not secured properly has no chance of withstanding a hurricane force winds and the main reason you see so much damage to mobile homes is because they are not tied down properly.
If your mobile was built before 1976, it was constructed to withstand winds up to 80 mph which is a Category One Hurricane. If your mobile home was built after 1976 it must be able to withstand winds of up to 110 mph, that’s within one mile an hour of a Category Three Hurricane.
Here are some precautions to take to make sure you’re ready for a Hurricane in the Tampa Bay Area
Make sure your mobile home insurance coverage covers flood damage, because homeowners insurance does not usually cover flood damage.
Make sure your mobile home meets your local building codes for hurricanes.
Cover all your windows on your mobile home with 5/8 inch plywood panels or you can have commercial shutters for mobile homes installed.
Make sure all landscaping and trees are secured as well if there likely to be uprooted by high winds. These small trees and plants can become missiles in extremely high winds in a hurricane.
If possible evacuate after you have secured your mobile home. We suggest that you call us and we’ll do a free walk though and give you a free estimate for any items that need to be done to secure your mobile home for hurricane force winds.
If possible get together with your neighbors and make sure that everyone is taking these precautions. There unsafe homes debris can be blown into your mobile home.
Few mobile or manufactured homes can withstand hurricane force winds. Even if they are tied down you put yourself and family at risk by staying in the threat of high wind.
Do you know the elevation of your property and mobile home? If not call your local city or county governments and find out.
Are there streams or drainage channels near your mobile home? Flooding and fast moving water are always a concern for mobile homes. Once again the Mobile Home Tie Downs are the key to making sure your mobile home can withstand a hurricane.
Make sure to secure and stow away any lawn furniture or any other objects that could be blown away in high winds.
Using candles for light is dangerous in mobile homes because they can easily fall and cause a fire.
After the hurricane has passed watch for power lines that are down and may still be carrying current.
Always have plenty of bottled water on hand for during and after the storm.
These are just some of the many things you must keep in mind to be ready for a hurricane when you live in a mobile home. All of the other safety precautions for all buildings apply to you as well, especially water and food and battery’s and radios.
Please feel free to call us at any of our many locations in Florida and we’ll come out and give your mobile home a free safety inspection and a free quote to repair or install anything you need to stay safe this year.
Call us at 1 (800) 681.3772 or any of our Florida locations and we’ll give you a free quote in writing. Florida Anchor and Barrier has offices in Tampa and Clearwater, as well as offices all over Florida and they’re listed below.
Florida Anchor & Barrier has offices throughout central and southern Florida.
Tampa (813) 528-5988
503 E JACKSON ST
TAMPA, FL 33602
Cape Coral (239) 823-0263
1217 E CAPE CORAL PKWY
CAPE CORAL, FL 33904
Sarasota (941) 448-3577
7350 S TAMIAMI TRAIL
SARASOTA, FL 32431
Lakeland (863) 512-2800
3616 HARDEN BLVD
LAKELAND, FL 33803
Palm Harbor (727) 237-6772
35246 US HWY 19 N
PALM HARBOR, FL 34684
Orlando (407) 792-0288
4630 S KIRKMAN RD (407, 386, 321, 352)
ORLANDO, FL 32811
7548 S US HWY 1 (561, 954, 772)
PORT ST LUCIE, FL 34952
Daytona (386) 478-7814
West Palm (561) 337-1275
Fort Pierce (772) 539-5154
Ft. Lauderdale (954) 713-9366
Brooksville (352) 398-9286