Storm Preparation Tips

Storm Preparation Tips to Help You Weather the Storm

Whether it’s a snow storm or a hurricane that rages through your neighborhood, it’s important to remember that the more prepared you are, the better chance that you’ll have of having less damage to your home or business. In addition, by preparing, you can greatly reduce the chances that you’ll be one of those people who don’t have anything to eat or have to sit freezing in your powerless home. To increase your chances of enduring a storm better, follow these tips. They’ll help you ride out the storm with less damage.

• Keep your roof clean. Keep your roof clear of all debris, and unclog all drains and gutters so that accumulated water or ice doesn’t stand on the roof and cause damage. In addition, make sure that shingles aren’t damaged and all roof holes, such as pipes, skylights and chimneys are caulked and sealed.
• Trim your trees. An overloaded or wind whipped tree branch can do a lot of damage to houses and cars. Reduce the chances of this happening by ensuring that all trees are trimmed and dead branches are removed. Make sure that no branches are hanging over your home, power lines or driveway.
• Protect you pipes. To prevent pipes from freezing, make sure that you insulate them well. Also, check for cracks and broken seals and repair them. If you drip water from the interior facets, it will help prevent the pipes from freezing.
• Cover your windows. In the event of a hurricane, you’ll need to cover your window openings. Either have storm shutters installed, or mount plywood on the exterior of the window.
• Get a generator. When the power goes out, it greatly reduces your ability to live with any normalcy. To continue to be able to power your home during a storm, buy a generator that allows you to continue to cook, listen to the radio or power your phone.

In addition to taking care of your home, you’ll need to do a few things to ensure that you and your family are well taken care of.

• Have a least two weeks of food and water on hand in case you get trapped in your home and emergency services can’t reach you.
• Secure an alternate form of cooking, such as an outdoor grill, in case you lose power. Ensure that you have all of the required supplies, such as matches and a cooking medium.
• If you or a loved one relies on medications, have some extra on hand in case you can’t replenish them when needed.

Doing what you can before a storm hits will help you fare better in the long run. It can reduce the damage to your home or business, and help you be more comfortable when you’re in the midst of it. And if you do suffer damage to your property, call us to help you get every penny that you deserve from your insurance provider.