Prevention of Windstorm
(reprinted with permission
from Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company, I-80 & Hwy 146, Grinnell,
Keep all buildings in good condition.
Repair loose sagging doors and windows and keep them in place.
Large machine shed doors should be
kept closed and provided with anchors at the bottom when they close.
Straighten and properly brace all
leaning or sagging buildings
Remove overhanging limbs, dead and
rotted trees near buildings.
Provide anchor clips, framing clips,
or plummers straps to anchor rafters on all buildings having large
openings. When trusses are bolted to the pole, provide at
least two bolts.
Except for pole buildings, provide a
concrete foundation. Make sure the foundation is in good
repair and the building is anchored properly.
Securely set the base of each pole
for structural stability against wind, snow, and ice loads.
Past experience is helpful in deciding on the depth of set and the
material to be used around the pole.
Construct all new buildings with
adequate bracing and materials of adequate strength and rigidity to
provide for proper wind and snow load. Also provide proper
truss spacing and design.
Contact your state university, local
county extension service or Midwest Farm Planning Service on the
proper method and design of farm structures.
Contact your insurance carrier when
considering remodeling, additions to existing buildings or new