North East Storm Information
Be prepared for common disasters.
- Get informed about hazards and emergencies that may affect you and your family.
- Develop an emergency plan
- Collect and assemble disaster supplies kit
- Learn where to seek shelter from all types of hazards
- Identify the community warning systems and evacuation routes
- Include in your plan required information from community and school plans
- Learn what to do for specific hazards
- Practice and maintain your plan
Useful Information and Links
- Water Conservation Tips (PDF)
- Disaster Supplies Checklist (PDF)
- Family Communications Plan (PDF)
- Complete Are You Ready Guide (PDF)
- FEMA / Are You Ready website
- National Weather Service (NOAA)
North East Storm FAQs
- Is it true open windows on the leeward side of the house so the air pressure doesn't explode the building?
The Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) said it is almost impossible to know ahead of time which will be the leeward wall. Additionally, wind directions frequently change as a storm passes and wind-driven rain could enter via open windows, damaging belongings.
- Should you tape windows with a big "X"
IBHS said taping glass does nothing to address the main point of protection — keeping the glass in its frame and securely attached to the building
- Should I only protect the openings facing the water?
Hurricane protections only work if the building remains intact. Leaving any windows or doors unprotected during a hurricane exposes the structure to total loss from the extreme pressure change caused when a window or door implodes from hurricane winds and debris impact. Any breach of the building envelope dramatically increases the internal pressures while the suction of high winds pass over the roof. This combination is often disastrous resulting in total loss. Bottom Line? All openings must be protected.
- The prevailing winds are from the south, should I protect the south side only?
The real protection from Hurricane force winds and wind driven projectiles must be applied to ALL openings regardless of the "prevailing" winds in your area. When Sandy struck New England there was no such thing as "prevailing" winds. The heavy winds struck from every direction.
- Is Hurricane Protection really needed in the Northeast?
We are in a high activity cycle as evidenced by our recent visit by Super Storm Sandy and more hurricanes are being predicted for the future. Global weather patterns are imposing a greater uncertainty in the upcoming storm seasons. It is a well-known fact that the regular occurrences of nor-easters cause significant damage from wind-driven rain and debris.
- Will installation of Storm Guardian products reduce my insurance costs?
Due to the increased predictions of a major storm, many insurance carriers are dropping coastal customers or increasing rates dramatically. Storm Guardian has teamed with insurance carriers to provide advanced wind mitigation systems to help reduce or eliminate deductibles. (In many cases covering the total cost of a Storm Guardian system)
- Is Storm Guardian approved by the State and our Insurance company?
Storm Guardian is an authorized Dealer and installer of Armor Screen, Nautilus and Storm Smart products in MA, RI, CT, NY & NJ. ALL of our products are Impact Rated (ASTM E 1996 & ASTM E 1886), approved by the International Code Council, and accepted by ALL Insurance carriers.
For a FREE Storm Assessment or to answer your questions – phone Storm Guardian today! 1-866-667-8676 / 1-401-767-7348