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HURRICANE SEASON

Beautiful weather. The relaxed island lifestyle. There are so many great things about living in Bermuda and the Caribbean. Part of that lifestyle, however, is the inevitable -- hurricane season. We’ve put together some info and tips to help you prepare for this eventuality. If you’re building a house or renovating your existing home, there are several things you can do to help prepare for the storm.

Hurricane Checklist & Resources

Hurricane Shutters
Hurricane/Impact Resistant
Windows and Doors
Stand By Generators


 

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Stand By Generators 

Enjoy convenience and peace of mind with an automatic stand by generator. A back up to your electrical system, the generator operates whether you are home or away. Within seconds of an outage, it automatically supplies power directly to your home’s electrical circuit breaker box.

After utility power returns, the generator shuts itself off and waits for the next outage. It operates on natural gas or liquid propane gas and sits outside just like a central air conditioning unit.

After a storm or during any power outage, it is important to keep clean water pumping and your food supply fresh.

Check out the video to learn more about how stand-by generators work.


Generator Sizing Tool


This cool tool helps you select the generator that works best for your home. Just select your country, square footage and the circuits you would like to back up.

The Global Sales Team can help you select the right generator model for your home or business. Contact us for more details.

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Hurricane Shutters  

There are several options for you to choose from to protect your home from storms. These shutters and panels are custom made of high-quality products and are proven to perform in the Caribbean and Bermuda. We’ll help you determine what the best option is for your home and provide you with tips on measuring. Here is a quick look at the different options:

  Colonial Shutters
  • Traditional look and easy to close when storms threaten, no lifting
  • Powder coated for superior weather protection
  • When open look exactly like traditional decorative shutters
  • Can be bifolds and/or trifolds - multi-panel side hung shutters that are hinged together
  • 14 standard colors to choose from
  • Custom Color matching available to match any desired color
  Bahama Shutters
  • Provides shade and privacy in addition to excellent storm protection
  • Traditional tropical look, combines both decorative and fully functional benefits
  • Easy to open and close with telescoping side arms
  • Powder coated finish for long lasting durability
  • 14 standard colors to choose from
  • Custom Color matching available to match any desired color
  Rollup Shutters
  • Fast and easy to open and close
  • One touch operation motorized option
  • Manual hand crank operation standard
  • No lifting or tools required. No panels to store
  • Retract out of the way when not in use
  • Require clearance at the top of the window for the box that holds the shutters
  Storm Panels
  • Economical option
  • Very strong wind and impact protection
  • Arches, angles and other unique opening sizes can be covered
  • Clear Lexan storm panels available
  • Numbered and referenced for easy opening layout reference
  • Storm panels can be stacked and stored away when not in use

  Accordion Shutters
  • Fast and easy to open and close
  • No lifting or tools required, no panels to store
  • Very strong wind and impact protection
  • Second floor openings can be closed from inside
  • Shutters retract to the side when not in use
  • Viewports available
  • Great option for doors
  • Locks available inside, outside or both offer security and storm protection

Contact us for a no obligation quote or for answers to your questions.


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Hurricane/Impact Resistant Windows and Doors 

PGT WindowsImpact Resistant windows and doors help protect your home against hurricane-force winds and flying debris. Plus, they can provide year-round security against thieves and intruders, dramatically reduce outdoor noise and filter out 99% of the UV light that enters your home and causes fading.

When combined with insulating glass you have energy efficient windows that can significantly reduce cooling and heating costs.



PGT's inGuard Aluminum Windows and Doors combine heavy-duty aluminum windows frames with impact-resistant laminated glass. PGT Window - Impact ResistantThe complete line of PGT WinGuard Vinyl Windows and Doors combines heavy-duty aluminum reinforced vinyl frames with impact-resistant laminated insulating glass.

JELD-WEN® offers custom wood, vinyl and aluminum windows and patio doors with JELD-WEN ImpactGard protection ideal for homes in areas prone to hurricanes and other extreme conditions. They're designed to meet the strictest building codes. Check out the video to the right.




Want to learn more?
Check out our Window Info Page. Contact our team to discuss what doors and windows would work best for your home.

    





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Jeld-Wen Aluminum WindowsJeld-Wen Premium Atlantic Vinyl Windows and Doors
 






WinGuard Aluminum - Aluminum framed impact-resistant windows and doors.WinGuard Vinyl - Vinyl framed impact-resistant windows and doors.


 

 




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Hurricane Checklist 
Here is the checklist and hurricane help measures that Bermuda's EMO (Emergency Measures Organization) advises:
  • Collect and bring inside all the loose stuff that may be lying outdoors like garden furniture, plants on pots, barbecues etc. Two wheelers should be brought inside.

  • Put the window shutters in place. When the hurricane strikes, it is advisable that you keep one window shutter open by an inch in order to reduce pressure build up.

  • Remember that if the eye of the storm passes overhead, a strong wind in an opposite direction will return.

  • During the storm, unplug all electronic goods that do not have surge protections. Also pull out the transmission cable from the TV socket. Keep only one light switched on.

  • If you see there are torn out electrical wires or branches that have fallen on wires, do not touch them. They may be live and can be fatal.
  • If you use a portable generator, ensure that it has been properly earthed. Use it outdoor under a shade. Appliances should be directly plugged into the generator rather than putting the generator into the house lines.
  • Take gas for your vehicles and fill up the tanks in advance. However cooking gas cylinders should not be used.
  • In areas where there may be seawater contamination, any pipes coming from the roof or other places and leading to the water tank should be closed off.
 

Hurricane Watch 
Hurricane conditions are a threat within 48 hours. Review your hurricane plans, keep informed and be ready to act if a warning is issued.

Hurricane Warning
Hurricane conditions are expected within 36 hours. Complete your storm preparations and leave the area if directed to do so by authorities.
 
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 Gather Key Items
  • Non-perishable foods, fresh water, powdered milk, toilet paper. Pack non-perishable food for each person for 3-7 days
  • Include a manual can opener
  • Household bleach to purify water (one drop per litre or four drops per gallon)
  • Coolers and ice packs
  • Dry pet food
  • Portable stove and fuel
  • First aid kit and prescription medicines
  • Extra cash
  • Extra blankets
  • Battery-operated AM/FM radio, clock and fan
  • Flashlights, candles and matches, batteries
  • Plastic garbage bags
  • Plastic sheets, duct tape, hammer, nails
  • Water jugs, plywood, tarpaulin, work gloves
  • Fire extinguisher