There are still a couple of months left of storm season, so if you haven’t already prepared, what are you waiting for?! Preparing for a storm is so important as it can protect your home, belongings, and of course yourself from any unfortunate damage caused by high wind, hail, flooding, and more. Start getting ready for the next storm of the season now, so that you’re ready for anything later.
Keep Track of the Weather
This one seems like a given, but if you’ve just been having an easy weekend sitting on the couch and watching TV, it’s easy to forget to check the weather (especially if you’re living in a place where it rains all of the time anyway.) Stay up to date with the weather, and check at least once a day to ensure you’re ready for anything that might come your way. Tornados and hail can come seemingly out of nowhere, so make sure you have real time hail reports at the ready if it starts to look foreboding outdoors.
Gather Emergency Supplies
In case a storm does hit and you’re left without running water or power, and you’re stuck indoors due to the insane weather, be ready for it by getting together some essentials beforehand. You should always have gallons of water on you, these are cheap and can save a lot of hassle down the road in many situations. Fill up your tub with water for brushing your teeth and towel bathing (just make sure you put the used water down the sink so you aren’t bathing in toothpaste!) Have flashlights at the ready, and get some dinners ready that will keep well in a cooler and don’t need to be cooked.
Update Your Home
Taping up windows so they don’t shatter might seem like a good idea when you see it on TV, but it’s almost entirely ineffective. Don’t be caught in a mad scramble looking for important documents and photographs to avoid them being blown away or getting rained on. Keep everything important in one safe area of your home so that in the case of an emergency, they will be easy to grab. However, it’s best to protect yourself from having to do that in the first place so make sure you’re ready ahead of time. Seal up any holes in the roof, windows, and doors, and get shutters if you can. Don’t forget the outdoors too! Remove any outdoor furniture and trim tree branches that could fly and break a window or wall of your home. Of course, the best protection from storms that you can get is insurance. Be sure your house is insured against damages caused by weather, and if you live in an area with flooding, consider getting flood insurance as well.
Storms can be intimidating and destructive, and if you truly feel you or your home won’t be able to withstand a storm you should evacuate to the nearest safe area. But if you’re confident that you’ll be able to emerge from storm season victorious (and maybe just a bit damp!), these pointers will help you achieve that victory.