Hurricane season is upon us now and it has not been a quiet one. From the devastating floods of Hurricane Harvey to the winds and rain of Hurricane Irma, Mother Nature is relentless this year. Because of such and because most tiny houses are built on trailer frames, it is natural to worry about how to prepare yourself and your tiny house in the wake of a natural disaster. The following tips may help in those inevitable threats and may help you literally weather the storm.
PURCHASE AN INSURANCE POLICY. For years tiny housers have struggled with finding reputable insurance coverage. Some have been able to secure a policy truly meant for an RV while others have settled for not having any at all. Thankfully those days are behind the community though and insurance firms like Martin Burlingame Insurance Agency, Inc are offering incredible policies for tiny houses; DIY and professionally built.
DON’T RELY ON FLOOD INSURANCE. Perhaps the best flood insurance for a tiny house on wheels is to remain mobile or maintain the possibility of mobility. If your area is forced to evacuate, you can hitch up your home and head out to dryer land.
TAKE INVENTORY OF YOUR PERSONAL PROPERTY. Excel spreadsheets are for more than just keeping track of budgets and project outlines. They can also help you develop an inventory list of your personal possessions and the items in your home. If you want something easier though you can download the Home Inventory template from SmartSheet.
REINFORCE YOUR ROOF. This is more about checking the status of your roof than truly reinforcing it. If you have shingles, make sure none are already cracked or missing. If you have a product like ONDUVILLA, make sure all fasteners are tight and secure. If you have metal, make sure there are no bent pieces.
ANCHOR STRAPS AND TIE-DOWNS. This is an especially good step for THOWs. Consider using auger spikes about 36″ to 40″ long. Screw them into the ground completely and then use the top hook portion to secure a ratchet strap to. Throw the ratchet strap over the top of your tiny house to the auger spike head waiting on the other side. Once the two are clipped, start ratcheting up the slack and tightening down your house.
SECURE YOUR PORCH AND PATIO. Bring plants, lawn chairs, lawn ornaments, and other potential flying objects inside. If they can’t be brought inside, secure them.
Severe weather is not a matter to be handled lightly. Did we miss any tips that you think are important? Let us know in the comment section below or by visiting our Facebook page.