5 Steps for Preparing for a Big Storm
Storms can be dangerous weather events that leave destruction to your property as well as cause injuries and sometimes even death. Below is a checklist to make sure your that your home, family, and you can stay safe.
Prepare a Storm Shelter
Include essential supplies such as food, water, a first-aid kit, flashlights and batteries to last a few days in case of a severe storm or tornado.
Clear Branches and Dead Trees Around Your Home
The high-speed winds of storms can send dead branches or even trees crashing through your windows, siding and roof. Clearing these objects away from your house is an easy way to make sure they don't cause any damage.
Secure Outside Objects
The benefits of technology is having weather apps and stations that give us warnings before storms arrive. If a bad one is coming up, move large, outdoor objects inside to prevent damage to your house and those objects.
Document Your Valuable Items
Take pictures of valuable items that you can use to show insurance later. If they are damaged or lost in the storm, you have better luck with your claim if you have documentation. Include date of purchase and cost if you can. Bonus points for saving receipts!
Protect Your Pets!
When preparing for storms, oftentimes are forgotten about. Make sure to have a plan in place for your pets, whether that is in the storm shelter or if that means having them in a separate, safe location for when the storm hits.