Published: Jul 06, 2011 4:06 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 06, 2011 3:07 PM EDT

HURRICANE CENTRAL - You want to make sure your home is protected before a storm.

It's important for you to cover your windows, but don't put tape on them. That won't keep them from breaking. If you don't have shutters and are using plywood, use a minimum thickness of 5/8's of an inch.

Also, replace rotted wood, seal cracks in concrete, and keep your roof up to code. Know how to turn off your electricity or natural gas and water, and prune away dead vegetation.