In our never-ending quest to inform the public and keep them safe from harm, today we are going to cover some basic tips you should take to secure your home in the event of strong storms, high winds, hurricanes or tornadoes. Residents of Washington State might not think they need to be prepared for such situations, but that’s not the case. As we will see below, extreme weather has hit many areas of the US that are not necessarily known for their harsh climates.
Always Be Prepared
Don’t think wild weather can hit your neck of the woods? Consider just this past month, where tornadoes touched down in Long Island and Connecticut (not exactly Tornado alley!) According to resident Brooklyn roofer Brock Lynnbrook, he’s had to go on more roof repair and shingle replacement in the past season then any other year previous in his work around the greater NYC area. “It’s pretty amazing, we had the nor’easter snow storms, which always hit us bad, but this spring weather has been very harsh as well. Most people were not prepared and needed emergency repair services”.
Steps to Take
Here are some steps you should take to insure the safety of your home during extreme weather:
- Schedule regular roof and window inspects. These should be yearly or at most every 2 years. DO NOT try to inspect your roof on your own, as this should be handled by professionals. It will pay to seal up any cracks or repair potential hazards before the rain/snow shows up, trust us.
- If your basement is prone to flooding, make sure to have a sump pump on hand. These can be set to automatically activate and begin pumping water out of your home if it begins to flood.
- Always keep a close eye on weather reports and warnings from local authorities. They are meant to give adequate warning when storms are approaching.
- However, this doesn’t mean you will necessarily have time to prevent damage if you wait that long, primarily stay tuned for potential evacuation warnings.
- Always keep stocked with batteries, water, and non-perishable food (canned and dried food).
The purpose of this article is not to frighten or alarm, but simply to prepare. Note that extreme weather happens in all parts of the country, not simply in flood zones, tornado alleys or hurricane prone coast lines. Don’t wait until the last minute to have your home prepared for potential hazardous situations.
To your safety and security.