Preparing Your Home for a Hurricane

WaveHurricane season officially arrived in June, but often, the end of the season can be the worst. And while there is no immediate threat to our part of the Texas coastline right now, it’s always good to be prepared. Besides common prep procedures like boarding up windows, here are a few things to you can do to protect your home the best you can:

Outside your home:

  • Have your trees trimmed. Make sure any surrounding trees have been well pruned, especially any limbs that are right in the path of your home. This could help prevent costly damages.
  • Check roof shingles. Replace any missing or damaged shingles now, before a storm is on the way. You want to give your roof the best chance of protecting you from leaks as possible.
  • Clean gutters. Make sure your gutters and drainpipes are intact and working properly. Remove any blockages, and ensure runoff is flowing away from your foundation.
  • Remove excess lawn clutter. Once a storm is on its way, you will have a million other things to think about when getting your family ready. Clearing any excess lawn clutter now could save you valuable time down the road.
  • Seal cracks. If you notice any cracks or gaps around your home, be sure to seal them with caulk to prevent water from seeping in and causing damage to the interior structure of your home. Also, check around windows to make sure they are ready to withstand heavy rains.
  • Check your insurance coverage. Now is a good time to verify your homeowner’s insurance covers what you think it does, especially if you are new homeowner. For example, do you have enough coverage to repair your home if a tree falls into it? Also, do you have flood insurance, and do you need it? These are all things to discuss with your insurance company.

Inside your home:

Many people remember the basics like stocking up on canned food, bottled water, and first aid essentials, but here are a few things to add to your checklist if your family decides to hunker down for a storm:

  • Take inventory. Document your personal belongings and include a list of serial numbers and important information for electronics and other valuables. Also, be sure to store this information on a digital cloud or in a secure location, should something happen to your home computer.
  • Invest in a hand-crank radio and flashlight. These can come in very handy if you run out of batteries or forget them in the rush of trying to prepare everything else.
  • Have a manual can opener on hand for your emergency kit.
  • Don’t forget to plan ahead for your pets. Think about food and water rations they will need as well.
  • Buy or round up some buckets. These can be handy for filling with water or catching leaks, if any pop up.
  • Purchase a battery or solar powered cell phone charger, you never know when you will get power back.

Of course, these are just some items that may get overlooked. For more information on storm preparedness and tips for how to get your family ready for a natural disaster, Ready.gov is a great resource.

 

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