11 ways to protect your home against hurricane damage

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The ferocious strength of a storm like Hurricane Harvey can turn a home inside out and leave it in ruins. But a homeowner can minimize hurricane damage with many common home improvement products.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, has predicted a busier than average Atlantic hurricane season, with 14 to 19 named storms likely in 2017. Five to nine of those could become hurricanes, including two to five major hurricanes with winds in excess of 110 mph.

Harvey, with winds up to 120 mph, is in that group.

Bracing a home for the worst that the season might bring doesn’t have to be expensive.

“There are a lot of things you can do that are meaningful, affordable and make a difference,” says Leslie Chapman-Henderson, president and CEO of the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, or FLASH.

Here are ways to avoid costly hurricane damage. Consider tapping your home equity or taking out a personal loan to fund major improvements.