Pick up the lawn chairs: Clear your yard of possible debris

Hurricane winds are most dangerous because they can pick up objects like lawn chairs, garbage cans, and even lumber and sheet metal and hurl them into your house and car. Before a hurricane strikes, make sure you have picked up everything in your yard that a 74 mph wind could turn into a missile--garbage cans, bicycles, BBQ grills--and place them inside an enclosed garage or basement. Even small boats can become airborne in strong winds. For objects such as these, some owners partially fill them with water and tie them down to help stabilize them in strong winds.