5 Tips for Home Preparation and Prevention for Natural Disasters
Hurricane Harvey has wreaked havoc for those living in Texas this past week. Many have lost their homes, loved ones, lack food supply, water, are without any method of transportation and are simply stranded and surrounded by the flood. It is important during tough times such as these in our country to give back and donate as much as possible. Whether it be five dollars or even old clothes; anything helps.
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Furthermore, some disasters are so unpredictable that it can be extremely difficult to know where to start in terms of protecting your home and family. Of course, it is impossible to prevent natural disasters.But there are a few ways to soften the impact just by being prepared.
Ensure that Your Roof and Windows are in Great Condition
Upon the purchase of your home, it is important to make sure that all windows are impact, meaning they are storm resistant. If not, it is beneficial to change them to prevent any damages in the future. For further protection, buy hurricane shutters or board all windows for reinforcement. Also, know the status of your roof and patch and seal up any holes or weak spots.
Brace all Doors
If your door is not the strongest it is highly recommended that you take initiative to brace it. This includes all doors, such as garage doors, pet doors, and any other openings you may have. For more information how to brace openings click here.
Check Your Home’s Insurance Policy
Review your current insurance policy and see what is covered. Consider adding on to your policy if you believe it is beneficial. Remember that natural disasters are unpredictable so it is better to prevent ahead of time.
Know Your Home’s Worth
Document items you own and they’re worth in case you may need to replace them. Having this documented will make it easy to claim if anything should happen.
Remove Lawn & Outdoor Items
Put all your outdoor belongings like lawn chairs, outdoor decorations and potted plants in safe storage. Also, make sure you trim or cut down any large shrubs, and know the health of any large yard trees in front of your house. Unhealthy trees are at risk of falling. Check out this link to determine if your tree is in good condition.
Know Where Your Cutoff Switches Are
Get familiar with your home and learn where all your cutoff switches are and how to operate them. In times of emergency, you might need to use them to prevent ruptured gas and water lines.
Have an Emergency Plan
It is hard to predict the damage a natural disaster can cause. No matter how much preparation you do, it is still imperative to have an emergency plan at hand to discuss and share with your family and neighbors. This includes knowing where the nearest shelters are(also find out if those shelters accept pets if you do own a pet) and figuring out different forms of transportation if needed to take you to places for refuge.
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