With severe weather looming over the area, it’s time to start preparing yourself, your family, and your home for the potential severe storm. Severe weather can include a wide variety of storm types, from tornadoes, to flash floods. It’s important to be ready for anything mother nature will throw your way. Making sure you’re prepared with basic supplies, and having other plans in place for your family and home can be the difference between experiencing minor damage, or major loss. In any type of severe weather, being prepared will be a great help.

1. Know what’s happening in your area

Most importantly, understanding what storms the area you live in are susceptible to is key. Knowing this will let you figure out what type of storms to prepare for. It can also help reduce unnecessary stress about uncommon weather events to your area. Keep up with your local news stations and social media accounts for the most current updates. Don’t hesitate to chat with your neighbors so that everyone in your neighborhood is better prepared for the upcoming storms.

2. Have a plan and stick to it

Before any storms occur, having a plan that you and your family understands can help all of the people understand how to take responsibility during the event a severe storm occurs. Know where to take shelter in your home, what phone number to call in case of emergency, and how to exit your home in an emergency situation. Keeping essentials like water, canned food, flashlights, batteries, an emergency radio, first-aid kit, whistle, basic toiletries, tarps, and a change of clothes will keep you prepared for a severe storm.

3. Relocate your valuables

Make sure your valuable and fragile items susceptible to water damage are moved away from windows and doors. Perhaps even move certain items upstairs in the situation a flash flood occurs.

4. Check out your roof and windows

If you have ample time before a severe storm lands in your area, it’s a good idea to make sure your roof is sealed and you don’t have any areas for water to potentially enter your home. Double-check your windows are closed and sealed properly. Cleaning your gutters will also help prevent the build-up of water and avoid having water enter your home through areas in the roof. If you are able, it’s smart to add interior plastic sheeting to your windows, or even board up the exterior side of your windows to avoid broken glass entering your home.

5. Know your circuit breaker

Keeping up with your breaker box is the best way to know which breakers to flip off to avoid electrical damage in case flooding happens to your home during a severe storm situation. This means understanding which breakers operate certain appliances as well as the outlets inside and outside of your home at the ground level.

6. Bring outside furniture and patio equipment inside

Any equipment you may have outside like: patio chairs, tables, umbrellas, extension cords, yard ornaments and planters should be stored inside a shed, garage, or your home to avoid adding to the potential for debris in the air during the event of a severe storm.

7. Look at your trees

To avoid damage to your home from falling limbs, it’s smart to have trees trimmed and avoid parking your car under trees during the event of a severe weather situation. This means knowing where the trees are located close to your home, garage, and parking spots. Trim weak branches that could damage your home during a storm and transplant trees that are too close to your home. If you have a garage, park your car there before the storm hits.

8. If damage occurs, know how to file a claim

When a severe weather situation occurs, sometimes damage is unavoidable. Being prepared to file a claim immediately after a storm will help get you back on the track to recovery. It’s best to file sooner rather than later after a severe storm event due to others in your area filing claims as well. Follow these tips when it comes to filing a claim properly after a severe storm:

A. Contact your insurer as soon as possible to begin the process.
B. Document your losses.
C. Check with your insurance provider before tossing damaged items and materials.
D. Get alerts from your provider via SMS/Text.
E. Know what emergency services are available.
F. Keep an organized folder and document everything.
G. Have a reliable reconstruction contractor’s number readily available.

If you experience damage during a severe weather event, please put safety for you and your family, first. Once you have secured your family and possessions, give us a call so we can help remedy any damage the storm may have caused to your home. This includes interior, exterior damage to your home, and tree removal.