4 ways to prepare your home for hurricane season

Prepare your home and property with these tips from the SWA of Palm Beach County.

It’s summertime in South Florida and that also means — hurricane season. There are several things you can do to prepare your home and property for the threat of a storm. These simple tips from the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County could save you a lot of money, time, and energy in the long run.

  • Keep a year-round tree trimming plan. All major yard work, landscaping projects and trimming should be completed before hurricane season. Cut back weak limbs that could contact buildings and thin out foliage so that wind can flow freely through branches. Clean yards of any items that could pose a danger such as old lumber, broken lawn furniture, etc. and place curbside on your bulk waste collection day.
  • Do not trim trees at the last minute. When a storm has been named, do not cut down trees, do major yard work, or begin construction projects that produce debris. Disposing of large quantities of waste places a tremendous burden on the collection and disposal processes and there is not enough equipment or manpower to handle the additional material before the storm makes landfall. You could put not only yourself at risk but your neighbors as well.
  • Have a post-storm trash plan. After a storm, the SWA’s number one priority is the collection of household garbage. Keep household garbage, clean vegetation and storm debris in separate piles. Securely containerize all household garbage in plastic bags or cans and place them curbside on your scheduled day.
  • Follow the SWA. The SWA will post updates online (swa.org/hurricane) and on its Twitter account. Residents with questions are always welcome to contact the SWA Customer Information Services at 561-697-2700 or 866-792-4636 (toll-free).This post is sponsored by the Solid Waste Authority.