Community Development Department - Building Division
Construction Site Hurricane Preparedness Procedures
This checklist is intended to assist you in making your job site safe during a hurricane or tropical storm. Please follow these guidelines to limit construction materials becoming wind-borne debris and possibly causing damage to nearby property. Preparations should be completed at least 48 hours in advance of landfall of a hurricane or upon the issuance of a hurricane or tropical storm warning for the Town of Fort Myers Beach.
1. Site Preparation
• Clean and secure site of loose building materials to minimize flying debris.
• Tie down job trailers and portable structures (including toilets).
• Secure lids of dumpsters and other debris containers.
• Brace new landscaping.
• Remove sand /trash from roadway gutters and drainage systems.
• Secure sediment/erosion control devices to avoid sediment leaving the site during heavy rainfall
• Remove construction vehicles and equipment or move inside.
2. Construction Materials
• Band and stake down plywood, lumber, scaffolding, etc.
• All materials inside buildings should be banded together.
• Remove all wood scraps around trailers and the job site.
• Delay or postpone construction material deliveries.
3. Roofing Materials
• Do not load tile onto roof if it cannot be installed 48 hours prior to predicted landfall.
• Remove and secure roof materials prior to 48 hours prior to predicted landfall.
4. Structural building elements
• Shore up unsupported walls, frame or block.
• Inspect trusses to ensure anchors and hurricane clips are in place.
• Plywood not installed should be removed to the ground.
• Lower tower cranes if possible.
• Inspect tie downs on construction and sales trailers.
• Secure any antennas.
5. Windows and glass
• If possible, install panels over windows and sliding glass doors.
• Secure all windows and doors.