If you live in an area that is affected by severe weather, then chances are you have a plan to get through. But, what if a storm is on the horizon and you have a short amount of time to prepare? Let the adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” guide you. At Liberty Restoration, we specialize in restoring homes that have been damaged by storms. Here are a few tips to minimize storm damage to your home.
Seal All Doors and Windows
Prevent water from entering your home through windows, gaps in doors and garage doors. Consider re-caulking if you have time, if not, purchase a window sealing kit. Boarding up your windows may also be required depending on the category of storm you’re facing. Keep the appropriate size of plywood and other supplies for this in an easy to access location. Rolled towels and blankets can be placed on the bottom of doors to prevent or slow water seepage and wind.
Clean up Your Yard
Put all lawn furniture, garbage cans, lawnmowers, yard-toys, and accouterments away. Throw away yard debris, like branches and twigs. If you have any decorative yard art, now is a good time to store that too. Shut and lock your gates, close storm shutters if you have them.
When a storm is on the way our thoughts are focused on the here and now and not down the road. If you are not preparing for an imminent storm, then take the time to look to the future. Here are a few items to have taken care of before calamity strikes.
Review Insurance Policies
Review your home insurance policy and decide if you need to make changes. Check to see what is covered and to what extent against natural disasters and storms. A good home owner’s insurance policy should include weather-related issues that are common to the area you live in. For reporting purposes, take pictures of your belongings.
A Solid Roof
A solid roof in good repair will last through a storm with minimal problems, and will protect your home as well. To protect from water leaks, seal around your chimney and other vent pipes, and clean out your gutters.
Prepare a Place
Make your home a storm shelter if you will be able to stay and weather it out. Have back up power, water, and food. Organize a place in your home to keep everything you need to make it through at least 72-hours without having to leave your home. Here is a quick 72-hour kit checklist to get you started:
- Water – one gallon per person in your home, per day
- Food – at least a three-day supply of nonperishable food
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio
- First aid kits
- Dust masks
- Whistle to signal for help
- Tool kit
- Moist towelette or baby wipes
- Garbage bags
- Local maps
- Manual can opener
- Prescription and non-prescription medications
- Glasses, contact lenses, cases and solution
- Pet food and water
- Infant formula, water, diapers, rash cream
- Sleeping bags and blankets
- Clothes that fit
- Family and home documents
- Waterproof matches
- Fire extinguisher
- Feminine supplies
- Paper and pens or pencils
- Mess kits or disposable plates and cutlery
- Books, card games, etc.