Tampa, Florida -- Hurricane Season starts at the end of next week. We're always hearing "Get ready!" and "Be prepared!"
But I wanted to know specific things you can do, without emptying your bank account, to protect your home. Here's how less than twenty dollars could save you thousands.
I stopped by my local unnamed big orange hardware store and spent $15.61. If a storm hits, what I put in that shopping bag could save me a ton.
Roofing sealant, $4.
Check around your roof -- especially at the edges -- for any shingles that peel up when you lift them.
Just put a bit of roofing sealant or roofing cement underneath. Sealing up your roof does an incredible job to keep water out during a hurricane.
Caulk or polyurethane sealant and stainless steel screws, $8.
These tips come from an institute that does research for the insurance industry. They found that in 75 percent of the cases of major hurricane damage, the homes are missing their soffits -- the panels that cover the area under the overhangs of your roof.
So, use a combination of caulk and screws to make sure they don't fly away on you.
One more tube of caulk, $3.
Do a lap around the outside of your house and look for any holes or openings. Seal them up.
You don't want your house filling up with water like a bathtub because of some hole the cable guy drilled.
For more great tips, check out the hurricane resources page from the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety.
You can also learn a lot from the Florida Division of Emergency Management site.
And watch our 10 Weather team for the best information and Florida forecasting experience all Hurricane Season long.