Your homes are as important to us as our own homes are, so in efforts to "be safe than sorry", we'll outline some ways that homeowners can prepare their home for storm season.
1. Put together and emergency kit.More important that preparing your home, this kit will prepare you and your family for storm season. If you already have an emergency kit in place, revisit it often to make sure items are still operating.
- Candles, matches/lighters
- Car phone charger
- Extra cash (in case ATM's are down)
- Water. And lots of it!! (for both drinking and cooking)
- Sleeping bags, blankets
- Canned goods (and something to open them with!)
- Battery-powered radio(s)
- Camp stove
4. Take a good look outside your home
- When it rains, does water run away from or toward your home? If it's running toward your home, with enough water it could get through your walls and inside of your home.
- If you have trees that are touching your roof, trim them back to avoid branches scraping at your roof.
- If you have a tree that's in bad shape, consider cutting it down. It may not withstand high winds, causing it to topple.
Just losing electricity may not be the worst thing that could happen to your home during a storm, but the effects of a power-outage, especially for a long amount of time, are not minuscule. Sump pumps will stop & food will spoil in refrigerators. Not to mention your home could be at risk since your security system won't be working either. Having an automatic restoration of power from a standby generator keeps your home safe after a storm and may be something to consider, especially if your home loses power often during storms.
Storms can be unpredictable, so taking measures to be prepared for anything is our only defense against Mother Nature. Although there are many steps you can take to protect your home, sometimes she just doesn't care and damages do happen. If you have broken windows, damaged gutters or any other damage to your home-- there are always people like us to help you put the pieces back together, so please let us!