10 Quick & Easy Home Tips to Prepare for Severe Storms

10 Quick & Easy Home Tips to Prepare for Severe Storms

Spring is a wonderful time of year. Unfortunately, spring can also come with rain, hail, high winds, tornadoes and whatever else Mother Nature has in store. Preparing before a severe storm hits is essential to potentially reducing storm damage to your home.

Here’s 10 quick and easy home tips you can use to prepare for the upcoming storm season.

1. Designate a safe place in your home to take shelter during a storm. This is ideally in the lowest level of your home with few windows or large furniture. Make sure all your family members know this is where to go in the event of a big storm.

2. Prepare a safe place for your pet(s). If you have pets keep in mind that storms, especially severe storms, will affect them too. Create a sleeping and eating area for your pets within the designated safe place of your home. Be sure to stock extra food, treats, and water.

3. Prepare an emergency kit. It’s a good idea to stockpile crucial items to help your family get through any power outage or delay in aid after a storm. Items to consider are:

  • Extra batteries of all sizes
  • Flashlights
  • Battery-operated radio
  • Portable cell phone charger
  • First-aid kit
  • Bottled water
  • Non-perishable snacks and meals
  • Blankets
  • Cash

4. Check any wall air conditioners. Disastersafety.org recommends checking your wall air conditioners. Since these appliances essentially exist in a hole in your home, it’s important to make sure they’re sealed correctly. Specifically check:

  • The caulking around the air conditioner’s sleeve. Fill any gaps or cracks you see in the caulking
  • Weather stripping around the unit
  • The internal drain to make sure water is flowing freely

5. Test your sump pump. Make sure the system is draining properly and mechanical components are operating well. Consider battery-powered backup options in case there is a […]

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