Other tips include checking for loose shingles, cleaning gutters and downspouts, and installing storm shutters and/or impact glass on all openings around the home. “If your home does not meet current construction industry standards, some simple modifications can help to reduce property loss in the event of a hurricane,” says Alderman. 7. Be ready to evacuate Whether by choice or by government order, many extreme weather situations require residents to evacuate their homes. A few preparations in advance can make this process a lot easier on everyone. Alderman suggests that you make arrangements for your automobile, boat, pets and valuables before the storm hits. “Have an evacuation plan and knowledge of local evacuation routes and shelters.