How to Prep Your Home for Severe Weather

 

Severe weather events are happening more frequently across the country. Hurricanes, flooding, tornadoes, severe storms, earthquakes, and other disasters are causing overwhelming damage to communities everywhere, resulting in loss of life, serious injuries, homelessness, and other consequences. The time to prepare is now. By following these simple tips from WAME, you can help protect your household and property should severe weather land in your home:

 

Get Rid of Yard Clutter

 

One of the most common culprits for severe weather damage to properties is strong winds hitting outdoor items like furniture, garden tools, and trampolines. These items can fly into your home’s exterior, break your windows, or damage your roof or vehicles.

 

Look for anything in your yard that should be secured or put away should a strong wind come through your area. Along with staying up to date on your local forecasts, be sure to secure such items if you ever leave town.

 

Check Your Trees

 

Similarly, dead trees and branches can potentially damage your home or property during a storm. Fortunately, this is an issue that can be easily resolved. Evaluate your property for any trees that are close to your home. Search online for tree removal professionals; check ratings and reviews and also request a free estimate to find the best service for your needs.

 

Repair Your Roof

 

Your home’s roof is its first line of defense against the elements. Unfortunately, this means that it is often the first component damaged during a severe storm, hurricane, tornado, or other type of severe weather.

 

It is best practice to have your roof evaluated at least once a year. But if you know storm season is coming up, and especially if you know that a specific storm is supposed to hit your area soon, Crest Exteriors advises you’ll want to have a professional evaluate your roof immediately.

 

Clear Your Gutters

 

Heavy rains can cause flooding on your property, but if you have leaves, branches, and other debris blocking your gutters, it can lead to disaster for your home. When a storm is headed your way, be sure that there are no blockages in your gutters, and clear out the downpipes and drains while you’re at it.

 

Make a Plan

 

Every family needs a home emergency plan that dictates what actionable steps they will take in the event of severe weather. This plan should include what people or organizations you could contact in special circumstances, where you will go if you need to leave your home, and how you will get in touch with loved ones if you are in separate places like school or work. It’s imperative that every person in your family knows the emergency plan inside and out and that you consider as many different scenarios as possible.

 

Assemble an Emergency Kit

 

Along with a plan, you will need to prepare an emergency kit of essential items that you can count on if you need to leave home or lose power during severe weather. These items should include anything you would need to survive, such as nonperishable food, drinkable water, flashlights, important medications and prescriptions, and your family emergency plan.

 

Keep Up with Local News

 

Your best chance of staying informed of weather movements in your area is to listen to or watch local radio stations and other media outlets. Local stations typically do an excellent job of providing up-to-date information that can notify you of steps you can take to protect your family and your home. Examples might include road closures, evacuation and recovery centers, and flash flooding areas to avoid.

 

Because severe weather events are occurring more frequently in almost every area of the county, more Americans must be cognizant of how they can prepare for potential danger and damage. Whether your area is prone to flooding, hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes, severe storms, or any other type of natural disaster, having a plan in place for your family can mean the difference between life and death. Along with implementing the tips above, be sure to research other ways that you can be prepared should severe weather come to your hometown.

 

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