Ask your local emergency management office or American Red Cross chapter about the history of hurricanes in your area. Ask for information about protecting your family and home. Ask your emergency management office, building department or floodplain management office to see a flood map of your community. There may be a projected flood elevation for your neighborhood.
When building a deck or other outdoor platform, don’t use lumber wider than 6 inches. Ponding water on wide boards can lead to eventual cupping problems. For example, use two 2×6’s instead of one 2×12. Pros advise installing the boards crown-side up to help minimize cupping and shelling of grain layers.