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HOW TO EFFECTIVELY PREPARE FOR A HEAVY STORM




We all know that as soon as a storm is announced on the weather channel, panic hits and everyone rushes to empty the market shelves, and gas station lines are backed up a mile long. If you take these steps, you will be ahead of the game and be of the very few who can effectively prepare for a storm.


Create an plan: Whether you have a family or you live alone, take some time out of your day or week to build a plan on how you can evacuate your apartment building, your home, where you can meet someone in a worst case scenario, who to stay in contact with, where your emergency bags are, etc. Having worked some of the most catastrophic storms, it's better to be prepared than not.


Build your emergency kit: Gather supplies for an emergency kit that includes enough flashlights, two-way radios, lighters, water filter, food, water bottle, medical kit, and more to last for at least 72 hours. Other items to consider can include, batteries, blankets, and a portable am/fm radio. If you live in your own home, consider an underground bunker. These are perfect for immediate shelter when your home is in the path of a tornado.


Secure outdoor items: Move outdoor furniture, grills, and other loose items inside or tie them down to prevent them from becoming projectiles during high winds. If your vehicle cannot be stored in your garage or is forced to be left outside, consider buying a vehicle cover that can withstand hail.


Trim trees: Trim tree branches near the home and power lines to prevent them from falling during a storm. Any branches that look to be rotten will be the first ones to fall in high winds.


Reinforce windows and doors: Make sure windows and doors are properly sealed, and consider installing storm shutters or reinforcing doors with metal braces.


Have a backup power source: If your house is not ran by a personalized solar system, consider investing in a generator or battery-powered devices to power essential devices during a power outage. You can speak to a reputable electrician on installing a connection to your house for a backup generator that can power your home.


Review insurance policies: Review homeowner's insurance policies to ensure they provide adequate coverage for storm damage, and consider purchasing flood insurance if the home is in a flood-prone area.


Stay informed: Monitor local news and weather reports to stay informed about the storm and any updates on evacuation orders or power outages.


If the storm comes: Stay calm. If you prepared effectively, this is what you worked for. Remember your plan. Know where to go and what to do. Keep your family close. Take only what is necessary with you. Items can be replaced, but you or loved ones cannot.


By taking these steps to prepare for a storm, homeowners can help protect their homes and their families from potential storm damage and stay safe during and after the storm.

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