Experts: Shore up home now, before storm

Posted at 10:18 PM, Aug 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-24 06:29:36-04

With three tropical systems suddenly active in the Atlantic, it may be a good time to hurricane-proof your home.

"Obviously we don't want to run out at the last minute so we need to think ahead," said Kevin O'Malley with the Lowes in East Naples.

Invest 99, a tropical disturbance in the Atlantic, could have its sights set on Southwest Florida, making it the first real storm threat of the hurricane season.

To prepare, O'Malley says stock up on plywood or metal shutters now.  It could take several days to put them up ahead of a storm.  

If you have extra cash, you may want to invest in impact proof windows.

Generators and chainsaws will come in handy, not just before the storm, but after it.

"You want to make sure you trim your trees on your property, make sure all the weak limbs and branches are trimmed off, those become missiles during high winds," said O'Malley.

Metal safes or water proof pouches are also recommended to protect valuable documents you may have to grab in a hurry.