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How to Protect Your Home from Hurricanes

Kiplinger Logo By Kimberly Lankford, Contributing Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance of Kiplinger | Slide 1 of 5: Hurricane season begins June 1, and scientists at Colorado State University expect 2018 to be another big year, forecasting seven hurricanes—three of them major. (In 2017, there were six major hurricanes, with Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria doing lasting damage.)You can reduce the risk of costly damages by strengthening your home against the destructive forces most likely to affect your area of the country. By doing so, you’ll increase the likelihood that your home will survive the worst that nature throws at it. And depending on your state, municipality and insurer, you may qualify for grants or insurance-premium discounts to offset part of the cost.More of us might be in hurricane danger than realize it. Here are steps you can take to minimize the damage from storms.SEE ALSO FROM KIPLINGER: What You Need to Know About Homeowners Insurance in Hurricane-Prone States

How to Protect Your Home from Hurricanes

Hurricane season begins June 1, and scientists at Colorado State University expect 2018 to be another big year, forecasting seven hurricanes—three of them major. (In 2017, there were six major hurricanes, with Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria doing lasting damage.)

You can reduce the risk of costly damages by strengthening your home against the destructive forces most likely to affect your area of the country. By doing so, you’ll increase the likelihood that your home will survive the worst that nature throws at it. And depending on your state, municipality and insurer, you may qualify for grants or insurance-premium discounts to offset part of the cost.

More of us might be in hurricane danger than realize it. Here are steps you can take to minimize the damage from storms.

SEE ALSO FROM KIPLINGER: What You Need to Know About Homeowners Insurance in Hurricane-Prone States
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