Natural disasters are a terrifying yet unavoidable experience for many homeowners. We understand that the thought of creating an emergency strategy can be quite overwhelming but having a solid protection and recovery plan in place when a natural disaster occurs can actually help reduce the fear and uncertainty that surround these wild events. To make it as easy as possible on you, we’ve comprised this comprehensive guide on how to prepare for a storm, what to do during a storm, and how to handle storm damage restoration after a storm.
Following these easy guidelines will give you peace of mind that you have done everything in your power to protect yourself, your family, and your home in the event of an emergency.
How to Prepare for a Storm
#1 Gather Resources and Supplies
Compile emergency phone numbers and program them into your and your family’s cell phones. Locate the nearest shelter and which routes you can take to get there in the event of an evacuation. If you have pets, be sure to identify pet-friendly shelters or hotels that you can stay at.
Create an emergency supply kit with food, water, first aid, flashlights, and important documents.
#2 Stay Updated
Keep yourself up to date by checking the weather channel for developments. Know the difference between a storm “watch” and a storm “warning”. A watch means that a storm is possible in your area, whereas a warning is much more serious and means a storm is expected in your area.
#3 Prepare your Home
Clear your yard. Remove or tie down any items that could be blown around and damage your home during a storm. This includes bikes, patio furniture, and grills.
Cover your windows and doors with storm shutters.
Be prepared to turn off your power in the event of flooding, fallen power lines, or evacuation.
Fill containers with clean drinking water in case your water supply is lost during the storm.
What to Do During a Storm
#1 Stay informed
Much like before a storm, keep yourself informed by constantly checking the weather updates. Even if you cannot hear or see a storm outside, do not leave shelter until you have heard an official “all clear”.
#2 Take Shelter
Find shelter in the lowest level of your home, preferably in a room with no windows or doors to the outside. This is often a basement or bathroom. Do not go outside unless absolutely necessary.
#3 Make Sure Pets are Protected
Bring your household pets into your shelter area with you. Be sure that any outdoor livestock is in a shelter of their own.
How to Handle Storm Damage Restoration
#1 Stay away from flooded areas or standing water
Do not drive into flooded areas and be sure to stand on firm ground only. Standing water may be electrically charged from downed power lines.
#2 Check for Damage
Inspect your home for any damage with a flashlight, especially gas, water, and electrical lines and appliances. Don’t drink tap water until you are certain it is unpolluted.
#3 Contact Storm Restoration Services
If damage occurred to your home, contact a storm damage restoration contractor right away. They will be able to restore your house to its condition before the storm occurred.