Safety comes first. When severe storms are headed our way, there are some key things to remember in order to keep your home and family safe.

Inside the Home

  • Before the storm hits be sure to secure all doors and shutters. Close all blinds and curtains.
  • It is also recommended to check sealings on your windows and doors. Water can easily seep in through these cracks and crevices and cause water damage.
  • Secure furniture by moving it away from doors and windows. Tall, heavy furniture that can fall should be anchored to walls for added security.
  • Unplug electronics before a storm hits. This will help avoid damage to your devices from electrical surges.

Outside the Home

  • 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.

Overall Emergency Prep

  • It may become necessary during a storm to turn off your utilities. Know where all shut-off valves are located and how to turn them off. This includes water, gas, and electricity.
  • Have your disaster kit ready. Check out this list of ideas on what to pack.
  • 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.

Preventing storm damage takes some preparation and time. The last thing you want to be doing is prepping for a storm when it is upon you. Take the needed time today, and stay safe out there.

 

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