High Wind Events
High wind events happen many times each year in the Municipality
Know your risks:
- High winds with gusts in excess of 50 MPH occur several times a year, usually on the Hillside and through Turnagain Arm.
- During the snowy winter months, winds and cold temperatures can cause frostbite more rapidly.
- Winter winds can make snow drifts which block roadways and overload roofs.
- High wind events may cause widespread power outages.
Before the high wind happens:
During the high wind:
- Evaluate your home.
- If your home is newer than 1990, Municipal building codes require hurricane straps that secure the roof to the home
- If your home is older than 1990, consider an engineering inspection of your home
- Check that double door entries are secured at the top and bottom
- Secure your garage door
- Get homeowners insurance and review your policy every year
- Secure light objects outside that may move and cause damage
- Cut trees which may fall and cause damage to your home or property
- Create a plan for what to do if you have a power outage
- Grasp doors tightly when opening them and do not let go until ready to close them
- Use caution when driving-wind gusts can move your car around the road
- Look out for objects which can be blown into the streets
- Be prepared for a power outage
- Report downed power lines to 9-1-1 and the utility company. Do not go near a downed power line!
- If you use a generator for power, do so safely. Put generators outside!