Are You Ready for the Next Storm?

A severe storm or a fire can make you feel helpless, robbing you of your ability to protect your home and your family. Such destructive forces can cause significant damage, both inside and outside your home. Severe weather cost Americans billions in 2016, according to the National Weather Service, and if recent storms are any indication, costly damage is on the rise. However, if you are proactive in taking the following steps to get ready for the next storm, you can contain the damage and lower the risks to your family.

1. Purchase a generator

Before you shop for a generator, get a clear idea of how much power you will need to keep essentials like your lights and HVAC system up and running. You can find examples of power consumption for various home appliances online. Make sure you have enough fuel to weather an extended power outage, but store it in a place where it won’t become a fire hazard. Most importantly, select a dedicated spot for your generator in an outbuilding or garage where carbon monoxide emissions cannot endanger your family.

2. Regularly maintain the exterior of your home

Get into the habit of regular exterior maintenance to eliminate any areas ripe for storm damage. For example, check your roof and rain gutters periodically, securing any loose shingles and tightening any brackets as necessary so that everything is battened down.

3. Declutter your space

Keep your yard, porch and deck free of clutter that could fuel a fire or break a window in a windstorm. If you see any tree limbs that are getting dangerously close to your house, trim them back. Prior to storm season, store your patio furniture safely in the garage, and make sure you don’t leave ladders, garden tools or other unsecured items scattered around.

4. Prepare supplies

If the storm causes flooding, your water supply may become contaminated, so it is a good idea to have containers of fresh water available at all times. You can also stock up on dry and canned foods in case stores are forced to close during a storm. Other items to have on hand include flashlights with fresh batteries and a well-stocked first aid kit.

5. Make an evacuation plan

Don’t be caught off guard by the next big storm. Create an evacuation plan for getting your family quickly and safely out of danger. The plan should include a pre-arranged destination, a list of necessities you need to bring along and a breakdown of tasks each person is responsible for to help make your evacuation orderly and efficient.

6. Recovery

Despite your best efforts, you can never completely shield your home from the damages caused by weather, fire, smoke or mold. We can help you get your home back in shape with professional recovery, reconstruction and restoration services. Contact Paul Davis of Northeast Indiana today.