Our previous post outlined part one of a list of ways you can protect your home and family from storm damage this summer, and today we’re here to finish up with a few more things you may not have thought of, but can make all the difference!
Lead with landscaping
Making sure your landscaping is in order is one simple but effective way to prevent flooding in your home, even when rain gets unexpectedly heavy. It’s always important that the ground around your house slopes away from it, not towards it, because the rainwater will follow that same slope whichever way it goes. If need be, you can always add more soil to create the ‘grade’, or angle that you need. Make gravity work for you!
Secure the outdoors
Outdoor furniture and decorations like deck chairs, tables, and even planters can easily be picked up by strong enough winds and turned into hefty projectiles- exactly the kind of thing you don’t want hurtling towards you, your doors, or your windows. If you know stormy weather is on the way, make sure you pack up outdoor furniture and keep it safe in a garage or shed. If you don’t have access to storage space, you can secure it down and keep it at the side of your house, where winds may not blow as strongly.
Know how to shut it off!
If you don’t have a surge protector, you want to unplug electronics when stormy weather hits to prevent them from being fried by lightning strikes and the damage associated with them. You can also purchase a surge protector online for more peace of mind, but always make sure you read the instruction manual and know when it’s safer to leave electronics temporarily unplugged. You should also know when and how to turn off your utilities in the case of very severe weather so you aren’t left scrambling in the moment.
Find your shelter
It pays to identify the safest room in your house in the case of tornadoes or very high winds, and to make sure that your whole family knows where to head right away if they need to. Ideally, you want a room without any windows and on the lowest level of the house. If you don’t have a basement, an interior room like a laundry room or even a hallway can work. The important thing is that everyone knows in advance where to take shelter if you need to move quickly! Windows and blinds should also be shut in the event of high winds, along with shutters if you have them.
Create a disaster kit that includes useful items for your family in case of an emergency. There are plenty of guides to follow online, but a few basics include:
- A flashlight with replacement batteries
- A radio to keep up with weather alerts
- Portable charger for phones
- Clean water
- Non-perishable foods like granola bars or trail mix
- First aid kit
Finally, keep an eye on the weather with radio, television, or phone updates. Find out how your specific area gives out severe weather alerts and make sure you have access to them so you’re aware of any changes. Remember, preparation is always better than being caught by surprise, but there’s no need to be anxious about storm damage! The Flood Medix are here for any storm or water damage, or even just questions you may have. Let these tips and tricks give you peace of mind and get out there to enjoy your summer!