I usually take my awning down whenever I leave the site for any significant time and often at night if I think the wind will come up. It takes about one or two minutes by myself to do so, and gives me peace of mind. I have seen other campers with their awnings bent and twisted out of shape and have no wish to have that happen to my own.
Dave W - 2013 Escape 19' and 2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser
"When you arrive at a fork in the road, take it." - Yogi Berra