Hurricane home preparednessUPDATED 9:22 PM HST Aug 04, 2014Video Transcript
A Hurricane's strength is measured by its winds. Those powerful gusts can put tremendous pressure on houses in a hurricane's path and inflict an incredible amount of damage. But there are ways owners can strengthen homes against a storm. Paul Drewes takes a closer look at getting homes hurricane-ready. 17 108 :03 nat of iniki We don't have to wonder what would happen IF a hurricane were to hit Hawaii. It has happened before. Since Iniki, Hawaii's building codes have been strengthened. Requiring construction of new homes to be able to handle higher winds during a hurricane. Gerald peters@7:54-7:59 "because a storm pushes the roof up, like an airplane wing and pushes the structure sideways we want the body to be a stiff as possible" While new homes are better anchored, there are thousands of houses that are 50 years old or older. Its not just the age of a home, but also its construction... single walled structures lack a second layer of support to help hold a house together. 8:20 "if the roof lifts, the house will go sideways and the windows will break out and you have a very bad situation" A roof simply anchored with nails would have SOME hold-down force. 9:35 "for you're average house it would be like the force of an SUV of weight on their roof." That sounds like a lot of weight, but the more powerful the winds -- the more lift is generated. standup on Paul Standup Tape@45:10 Here in Hawaii we frequently see some old and unanchored roofs start to come apart during high wind events that may not even reach hurricane speeds over 74 mph. But there are ways to make sure homes are better anchored, by reinforcing walls and roofs with hurricane clips. Which properly installed don't double or tripled the hold-down force but provide up to 8 times the anchoring power. 14:32 "these little pieces of metal make a difference" The roof is just one vulnerable area of your home during a storm. 15:50 "even if you have a late model house, the windows are going to be your whole ballgame for flying debris" That debris can be whipped around even by tropical storm force winds, turning broken branches and small objects into mini- missiles. Some people prepare for a storm by boarding up windows and doors, but not everyone can. 17:22 "everybody says tape your windows and the problem with tape is rain hits it and it peels right off, or if it didn't hit you and you use duct tape it leaves a sticky goo on there that when the sun hits it -- it bakes on" NAT OF TAPE RIPPING Now there is something new on the home protection market. 20:35 "this is like a red insurance policy" Storm tape doesn't unravel with the water, but can peel off after the storm without leaving residue. There are also various stronger versions that come with fiber reinforcement to make the tape even stronger. Taping windows won't stop them from breaking if they are hit with large enough pieces of debris, but it could keep those bits of broken glass together. Cutting down on the shards being sent into a home, and also making clean-up after the storm easier.