Summer is the season for heat, sunshine, and also… a lot of thunderstorms. There are two basic elements of a storm: moisture and warmth, and in summertime, both of these are in ready supply. This can lead to concerns like flooding, roof damage, and damage to other property. So how can you be prepared for dangerous or severe weather before it comes? Here are our best tips!
Set up alerts
The easiest way to stay ahead of severe weather is to know that it’s coming. You can have weather alerts delivered to your phone with an application, or keep a weather alert radio in your home to keep you updated. Make sure to check the settings on your phone to ensure that you have the appropriate automatic alerts turned on!
Anchor things down
Loose items in your yard can be blown away in high winds, or become dangerous projectiles that cause damage to your property. These can be things like:
- Large toys
- Flags and banners
- End tables
- Porch swings
- Holiday decorations
- Bird feeders
Move loose items to a safe place in the case of inclement weather, such as a garage, shed, or carport. Anchor outdoor furniture to prevent it from moving in strong winds, and enjoy a free wash from the rain!
Make an emergency plan
Know in advance what your family’s plan is for a weather emergency such as a tornado or flash flood. The weather.gov website will explain the safest place to be during different types of weather, so have a location in mind for different scenarios. If your family has young children, you can use a picture diagram or a map to explain where everyone should go.
You should also have an emergency kit prepared with essential items such as:
- Bottled water
- Non-perishable food
- First aid supplies
- A portable phone charger
Have an emergency plan… for your house!
When your home is damaged by inclement weather, the last thing you want to do is sit and search for the best company to deal with that damage. Contractors, plumbers, and other local businesses will likely be busy in the wake of severe weather, so search them up now and save their information in case you ever need it. If you are experiencing damage to your home from flooding or leaks, please contact the Flood Medix! Our expert team will take the stress out of remediation and get your home back in shape as quickly as possible.