Our area is known for its sudden and sometimes turbulent storms. With the weather changing, there’s a greater chance of storms rolling in and hitting hard. That’s why it is important to be ready. While you’re busy doing your fall cleanup, you may as well add to your list some simple storm prep items as well.
Outside Home Prep
Give your gutters some needed attention. With heavy rains, your gutters work overtime to move water away from your roof and home. Clogs can lead to water pooling and cause damage. Clear gutters of all dirt and leaves so that water can run away from the home smoothly during a storm.
Dead, diseased, or hollow trees can be a danger if strong winds and rain roll in. Unhealthy trees may not be able to stand up to mother nature. Avoid damages by removing trees that may be unsafe. It may be necessary to call in a tree expert to help.
Your home foundation will need to be checked for gaps or cracks. Water will be quick to find entry points during heavy rains. Be sure to repair any cracks that are found and call a professional if you need assistance.
Patio tables and chairs can quickly become weapons during high winds. Be sure to put away all outdoor furniture well before severe storms hit.
Do a roof check for any leaks or other damages.
Inside Home Prep
Before the onset of a storm be sure all doors and shutters are closed. Close all blinds and curtains for added protection.
Be sure you know how to locate your utilities in case of emergency. Know where all shut-off valves are located and how to turn them off. This includes water, gas, and electricity.
Other Helpful Emergency Prep
Have your disaster kit ready. Check out this list of ideas on what to pack.
Unplug electronics before a storm. This helps avoid damage to your devices from electrical surges.
Know how to contact your insurance provider. If there are damages after a storm, one of the first things you’ll need to do is get in touch with your insurance company. Have a place where you have saved all insurance phone numbers and contacts. You’ll want quick and easy access to these contacts should you need them.
Have an emergency plan in place. Know where you will shelter in your home. Practice with your family so that all members know the plan.
Stay up to date and tuned in for updates on weather by listening to the radio, watching TV, or getting alerts on your phone. Know your communities weather emergency plans and pay attention to any communications. Listen and obey all warnings.
You don’t want to be left caught in the storm. Preparing now for sudden weather changes will be the best way to keep your home and family safe.
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