Monday, May 29, 2017

Prepare Your Home for Dangerous Weather


People are more concerned about intense weather these days than ever before. Blistering heat, too much sunshine, thunderstorms and heavy rain… but what’s the use of worrying about these things if we’re not going to prepare our homes for them?

If you’re concerned about inclement weather, then you should be taking steps to prepare your home now. It will help you be safe and comfortable, as well as protect the longevity and value of your home!

Equipment that will keep you safe

Having the right equipment in your home will help you fend off specific dangers that may occur during inclement weather. If power and gas gets shut off, you need a way to keep warm and connected to the outside world. If there’s a heatwave, you need to ensure you can keep cool.

Backup power generators are a good investment. A supply of blankets will help you keep warm and dry if water is getting into the home and the heating has gone down. While most homes have spare blankets, you may want to consider getting smaller blankets that allow you to be more mobile. Flashlights, along with a good supply extra batteries, are definitely recommended, because power supplies - and, therefore, the lights - are often the first things to go when there are strong winds and severe rain! Make sure you have spare batteries for your mobile phones in case the power outlets fail you.


Strengthening your household

If intense weather hits your neighborhood, then there’s pretty much a guarantee that structural flaws within your home are going to be exposed, and probably not in a pleasant way! The most obvious problem buildings are older homes, though you shouldn’t assume that your more modern home is an invincible fortress. Homes that were built a few decades back may not be properly bolted to their foundations. If earthquakes or severe winds hit, this can cause a lot of damage. Consider talking to a foundational expert!

There are other areas are easier to deal with, but you’ll still need help from the experts. The most important areas to consider are your roof and the walls, as these are going to take the brunt of this weather. You may be surprised to learn how many roofs out there are no longer suitable for dealing with heavy rain. You should know when to get your roof fixed and when to get a new roof completely. As for walls, there are surprisingly simple ways to get them strengthened.


Have an emergency plan

When you have a family in your household, the stakes are, of course, much higher. Not only this, but it complicates things a bit more if intense weather creates an emergency situation such as a flooding or even fires.


Your family needs to have an emergency plan in place in case the weather gets too much to handle. Let’s say you need to evacuate. Is there an agreed-upon exit, along with a place where you’ll all reconvene? You also need to know where the shutoffs for your gas, power, and water facilities are, in case these things pose further risk to you all under the circumstances. First aid kits, too, are essential!

Preparing for emergency and dangerous situations is a must for everyone. With these simple tips you can start planning for your own safety.

xoxo,
Therese

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