With warmer temperatures comes severe weather and many stormy nights. As comforting as the sounds of a gentle thunderstorm can be, not all storms that happen in the temperate months are necessarily soothing. When a severe storm is impending, It’s important to have a plan for yourself, your family, and your home.
Here are some tips for preparing for severe weather ahead.
Clear Your Gutters
To avoid any unwanted roof leaks, you’ll want to free your roof of any water. This means, your gutters will need to be free and clear of debris so that water can easily drain from your roof.
Do a Roof Check
Make sure you don’t have any gaps in your roof and that none of your shingles have holes in them. You may need to have someone come out to look at your roof, so this isn’t necessarily a spur of the moment fix, but is something that should be done to prevent water damage in your home.
Get Your Generator Up and Running
Double check your generator to ensure that it’s in prime working condition. It’s best to make sure that it’s in a safe place, several feet from your home and any other flammable objects as well as entryways and vents that could lead to damage. Always have your generator accessible and easy to get to without clearing away clutter.
Seal Your Entryways
Go around your home and check windows and doors for any gaps where water could leak through. Use caulk or weatherstrips to seal off these spaces to avoid long term issues in your home.
Save the Plants
Don’t forget to shield your plants from the storm. Make sure to move any sensitive plantings or freestanding arrangements to a safe place away from wind and heavy rains to keep the weather from damaging or killing them.
Secure the Outdoors
Bring in or secure down any porch furniture, yard tools, outdoor toys, etc. that could possibly get blown around during heavy winds. Tie trashcans to something more stable, and look for any branches that could pose a threat to your home. Do an overall sweep of your outdoor space to make sure your home is prepped.
Make Sure You’re Covered
Taking care of your house is important, but you also need to remember to safeguard yourself, your family, and your pets by keeping all the necessities close by during an impending storm.
Keep your battery-operated radio, flashlights, extra cash, a car phone charger, first aid kit, a week’s worth of medications, and three days worth of food and water around in case of a severe outage. Make sure you do the same for your furry friends!
If you need to leave your home, it’s a good rule of thumb to keep all your important documents (for you, your loved ones, and your pets) close by along with any insurance policies and insurance company contact information just in case.
Here are a few helpful resources to check out to make sure you’re safeguarding against damaging weather: