When it comes to maintenance or even security, most homeowners understand just how to deal with those issues. However, one thing that has not changed over the lifetime of humans is the ever struggle with mother nature. Weather can be unpredictable, even with our modern technology. Although you can’t control the weather, you can certainly prepare for it. The following list includes a few tips on how to prepare for severe weather.
Reducing Property Damage
Severe thunderstorms can do a number on your home if you’re not prepared for them. Therefore, the first step you should take is to protect your property and the surrounding area. This involves clearing limbs and trimming trees that overreach onto your roof—cleaning your gutters regularly to ensure that water flow isn’t disturbed and having sandbags on hand if water levels begin to rise quickly.
Preparing an emergency kit should be on the top of your to-do list. During severe weather, you are more likely than not going to face a blackout. This means that all light in your home and in some homes, even the water will be inaccessible for a long period of time. Therefore, you’re emergency kit shouldn’t just be a bag with a few band-aids but rather something more useful. A proper emergency kit should have the basics. Still, it should also hold items such as a heavy-duty flashlight, flares, and even a few radios to keep your family communication in-tact if you are forced to separate. You may seek your local fire department’s advice to better understand how to use certain items properly.
Create and Practice a Family Emergency Plan
Perhaps the most important thing to do is create a family emergency plan. Doing so will ensure that your family, from the youngest to the oldest, understands exactly what to do when the weather turns dangerous. Take the time to go through the plan together and create mock scenarios that can ensure that unexpected obstacles are limited. The plan should also include the outside. This means choosing a public place where your family can gather, such as a fire station or even a friend’s home.