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7 Essential Storm Preparation Tips to Protect Your Home and Family

6/14/2023 (Permalink)

Large grey cloud with heavy rain falling. By following these five storm preparation tips, you can help protect your home and family during severe weather.

As a disaster restoration company, we understand the importance of being prepared for storms. From hurricanes to tornadoes, storms can cause significant damage to your property and put your family's safety at risk. In this blog post, we will provide you with seven storm preparation tips that can help you protect your home and loved ones.

Create a Disaster Preparedness Plan

The first step in preparing for a storm is to create a disaster preparedness plan. This plan should include information about evacuation routes, emergency contacts, and supplies you will need in case of an emergency. Make sure everyone in your household knows the plan and where to find important documents and supplies.

Secure Loose Items

High winds can turn loose items into dangerous projectiles. Therefore, it is crucial to secure any outdoor items that could become a hazard during a storm. This includes lawn furniture, potted plants, and grills. Move these items inside or anchor them down to prevent them from being blown away.

Trim Trees and Shrubs

Trimming trees and shrubs can help prevent damage to your home during a storm. Remove any dead or weak branches that could fall on your home or power lines. It's also a good idea to remove any trees or shrubs that are too close to your home.

Check Your Gutters

Your gutters play an essential role in protecting your home from water damage during a storm. Clean them out regularly to prevent debris from blocking the flow of water. If your gutters are old or damaged, replace them to ensure they function correctly.

Have a Backup Generator

Power outages are common during storms, so it's a good idea to have a backup generator on hand. A generator can help you keep essential appliances running, such as your refrigerator, medical equipment, and communication devices. Make sure to test your generator regularly and keep it fueled.

Stock Up on Emergency Supplies

It's crucial to have enough emergency supplies to last you and your family for at least three days in case of a storm. These supplies should include non-perishable food, bottled water, flashlights, batteries, a first aid kit, and any necessary medications. Keep these supplies in a designated location and make sure everyone in your household knows where to find them.

Protect Your Windows

During a storm, your windows can be vulnerable to high winds and flying debris. Installing storm shutters or boarding up your windows can help protect them from damage. If you don't have shutters, you can also cover your windows with plywood or use protective film to help prevent shattered glass.

By following these five storm preparation tips, you can help protect your home and family during severe weather. For more information on storm preparedness or if you need assistance with storm damage restoration, contact our team at SERVPRO of Lewisburg/Selinsgrove. 

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