Preparing You And Your Home For A Storm
- Maintain surrounding landscaping. In a heavy storm, dead tree limbs can cause damage to the exterior of your home or shatter a window if they get loose.
- Secure fences. If you have a fence, make sure it is secured to help prevent it from lifting up and getting thrown against the house.
- Secure outdoor furniture. Patio furniture and grills can damage the exterior of your home during heavy winds. Anchor your furniture or bring it indoors before a storm hits.
- Check gutters. Prevent damage to the inside of your home by having your downspouts lead away from your home. Clear any debris that may be hiding in your gutters.
- Protect critical areas. Wind can cause major damage to your home. Install temporary protection on windows, doors and garage doors.
- Protect any valuables. Protect valuables by storing them in waterproof containers. Put any important documents in a safe deposit or fire safe box.
- Have a basic emergency kit. Prepare your family’s emergency kit with enough food, water, and supplies to last for at least three days. Your emergency kit should include water, food, battery powered or hand cranked radio, hand crank flashlight, first aid kit, cell phone with charger and a local map.
- Know your family emergency plan. Staying connected during an emergency is the most important. Establish a local place your family to meet during an emergency.