As the days begin to get shorter we’re reminded that Autumn and Winter are heading our way. With them come a variety of storms to prepare for. We’ve compiled a list of ways you can prepare your home for stormy weather.
When severe weather is on the horizon, it’s important to have a few key supplies on hand. Stock up on non-perishable food items, water, flashlights, batteries, and first-aid supplies. If you have any prescription medications that you need to take regularly, be sure to have an extra.
Check Your Insurance Policy
Before a storm hits, take some time to review your insurance policy. Make sure you’re familiar with what is and isn’t covered. Understand your policy limits as well as any exclusions. This way you can make any necessary adjustments to your coverage. Remember that flood insurance is a separate policy. If the changing climate has heavier precipitation happening in recent years, you may want to consider adding it even if it’s not mandatory.
Inspect Your Home
Take a walk around the exterior of your home and look for any potential hazards. If you have any loose branches, trim them back. This will help prevent damage to your home and property during a storm. Reach out to contractors to assist with a professional opinion on these matters. For instance, call and schedule a free roofing inspection from a company that offers it. Some contractors are willing to offer consulting time for free as an opportunity to demonstrate their expertise and knowledge, and to gain your future business.
Make a Plan
Sit down with your family and develop a plan for what to do during a severe storm. Choose a safe room in your home where everyone can go during the storm. Make sure everyone knows how to get there and what to do once they’re there. Make a secondary plan for cases where family members are not at home when the storm hits.
One of the most important things you can do to prepare for a storm is to stay informed. Keep an eye on the weather forecast and be aware of any watches or warnings that have been issued. Sign up for emergency alerts from your local government or National Weather Service. This way you can be sure to receive the latest information about the storm.
By following these tips, you can help ensure that your home is prepared for upcoming stormy weather events. Having a solid plan is crucial to riding out a storm with fewer worries, and you’ll have peace of mind knowing you did what you could to mitigate damage.