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Securing your car before a Hurricane!

Storing a vehicle properly during a hurricane can help protect it from potential damage. Here's a guide on how to store a vehicle safely if you don't have an enclosed garage:

1. Choose a Safe Location: Park your vehicle in a secure, enclosed garage if possible. If you don't have access to a garage, consider finding a covered parking structure or a spot away from trees, power lines, and flood-prone areas.

2. Avoid Flood Prone Areas: Do not park your vehicle in low-lying areas or places prone to flooding. Even a few inches of water can cause significant damage to a vehicle.

3. Secure Loose Items: Remove any loose items from both the interior and exterior of your vehicle. These items can become projectiles during high winds and cause damage to your vehicle or nearby property.

4. Close Windows and Doors: Make sure all windows, doors, and sunroofs are securely closed to prevent water from entering the vehicle. If your vehicle has a convertible top, make sure it is up and securely fastened.

5. Fill Up the Gas Tank: Fill up your vehicle's gas tank before the storm hits. This can help prevent condensation from forming inside the tank and reduce the risk of water contamination.

6. Check Tire Pressure: Ensure that your vehicle's tires are properly inflated. Underinflated tires are more prone to damage during high winds and heavy rain.

7. Use Wheel Chocks: If possible, use wheel chocks or blocks to prevent your vehicle from rolling in case of strong winds or flooding.

8. Consider Elevation: If you live in an area prone to storm surges or flooding, consider parking your vehicle on higher ground or on a raised platform to minimize the risk of water damage.

9. Cover the Vehicle: If you don't have access to covered parking, consider using a car cover to protect your vehicle from debris, falling branches, and hail. Make sure the cover is securely fastened to prevent it from blowing away.

10. Document Your Vehicle: Take photos of your vehicle before the storm to document its condition. This can be helpful for insurance claims in case of any damage.

11. Do Not Drive Through Flooded Areas: After the storm has passed, avoid driving through flooded areas until it is safe to do so. Floodwaters can conceal hazards and cause significant damage to your vehicle's engine and electrical systems.

By following these guidelines, you can help protect your vehicle during a hurricane and minimize the risk of damage. Stay safe and be prepared for emergencies.

Francisco Landrian, LCAM 2024

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