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What to Do Prior to a Major Storm

March 29th, 2019

Being prepared for a major storm can be the difference between having a home standing by the end of it and having to solve many different storm damage problems. There are general home maintenance checks and preparations you should do as well as safety preparations that could make the passing of storm much easier on yourself and your family. In terms of home maintenance, you can do something like checking your roof regularly. This also includes keeping your downpipes and gutters clear (heavy rains and clogging can occur during a storm). In the case that the storm you are preparing for will include high winds, you will want to pick up any branches littered throughout your yard as well as put away or strap down any type of loose furniture that may get picked up in the wind.

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When it comes to keeping your home safe during a storm you will want to ensure first and foremost that you have the right insurance for your home, car and other property pieces. You should also identify the safest spaces in your home to take shelter during a heavy storm. This is especially essential for tornadoes and storms that could shatter windows. As a homeowner, you may already know how to safely and quickly turn off your utilities. This can be essential during times where there may be power surges. You should know where and how to turn off your gas, water, and electricity if needed prior to a dangerous storm. You should also be prepared for long power outages. This is especially the case in situations such as heavy snowfall, power outages, and other life-threatening situations. Keep a supply of fresh water not only for drinking but for flushing toilets. You may want to invest in a camping stove and fuel. If you have a generation do no under any circumstances operate it in an enclosed space. You run a huge risk of falling victim to carbon monoxide poising which could kill you or your family members.

If you live in an area that is prone to flooding there are further steps you should take. One of the first things that you may overlook is storing dangerous chemicals that can leak into flood waters. If you have poisons or gardening chemicals (think Round-Up) you will want to try to store them in a place where they will be well above flood waters. Ensure that items you hold dear or have sentimental value are stored in a manner where flood waters won’t reach them. Furthermore, if you live in a location that plays host to tornadoes you should worry about the structural integrity of your home. You’ll want to have a builder or building inspector take a look at your home well before a storm to give you an idea of any measure you should take to get your house up to snuff. You should also fit your windows with metal screens or shutters to protect them from flying debris of a tornado.

Another way to be sure that you are prepared for a story is to make an inventory of all of your possessions. This type of step can be incredibly time consuming but can also be very valuable in the case that you must quickly evacuate your home due to the weather. There could be an instance where you return to a home that has been looted or isn’t standing any longer. Having an itemized list of your possessions (including their value) an easily help you insurance carried to create a quote for which your home and valuables are worth. Losing precious possessions can be heartbreaking and monetary compensation can’t cover the sentimental value but it can be the means by which you rebuild your life and create new memories with new items. When creating an inventory you will want to have a hard copy list of your items as well as a copy on a device such as a phone or ‘the cloud’. Additionally, making videos of the items in your home can be a great way to have a second version of a ‘list’ for evidence when making a claim about items lost in a storm.

One final way to be ready for a store is to have batteries and other emergency items available. This includes a first aid box with bandages and other safety measures. If you take medications you should have your prescriptions filled before a storm, if you need to have medication refrigerated be sure to have a cooler or some other non-electric way of keeping them stores and cold. Lastly, if post-storm your home has sustained damage and you need the help of a 24/7 professional restoration company you can call on the services of USA Restoration (800) 805-0541 now if you need assistance from the Storm Damage experts.