Tips to keep you and your home safe during a weather disaster

March 27th, 2014 by admin

Even if your home survived this extra-harsh winter, there are still several weather-related risks you should be cognizant of as we head into the spring and then the summer months. Whether you're in the Midwest where tornados are prevalent during the late spring or in the southeast or gulf coast region during hurricane season, chances are you live in an area where something can happen, so it's best to prepare a recovery strategy ahead of time.

Here are some things you can do at home to ensure you and your family are safe in the event of a weather-related disaster.

Do your research – The first thing you can do to prepare for a weather-related disaster in your area is to know what kind of disasters your community is prone to. Does it flood? If you're in a cold weather region, how much does it snow? How bad are the storms, particularly if you're in an area that gets hit by hurricanes or typhoons? Understanding not only what can happen in your area but how your town responds will help you formulate a strong recovery plan.

Find an emergency contact – You should identify a neighbor or nearby relative that you can go stay with if something happens to your home. If your entire family is aware of this, they can know to go there immediately in the event of a storm or other disastrous event. This keeps your family organized and can help keep everyone safe.

Prepare your home accordingly – If wind is an issue, make sure the windows are secure. If you know you get a lot of snow, make sure your roof is prepared to handle it. There are several things you can do to your properly prior to the stormy season to help keep it safer during extreme elements.