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Prepare Windows and Doors

Windows and doors should be secured with County-approved storm shutters or by boarding up windows with 5/8-inch plywood. Inspect existing shutters to ensure they are in good working order. Tape does not prevent windows from breaking.

Once your windows and doors are shuttered or boarded, it will be more difficult to get out in the case of an emergency, so make sure that you and everyone in the house is aware of the available exits.

Metal hurricane shutters are reliable and economical, and you can choose from several different types. Each type has its sets of pros and cons, so be sure to do your research before committing to a type of metal hurricane shutters.

Windows with impact-resistant glass have become more common over the years, and the technology has improved to the point that they can withstand Category 5 wind conditions. Impact-resistant glass is expensive, but it can also help reduce insurance costs.

Be sure to reinforce garage doors and tracks or replace with a hurricane-tested door.

Shutter installation assistance

Two Miami-Dade County programs provide hurricane shutter installation assistance to qualified residents.

The Paint and Hurricane Shutter Program is a year-round program that assists homeowners with having the hurricane shutters installed and/or the exterior of their home painted, and is offered first-come, first-served basis.

The Residential Shuttering Program is offered during hurricane season only for seniors and adults with disabilities who already have shutters and need assistance installing them when a storm is coming. This program does not provide new shutters to residents.