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How to Prepare Your Home for a Natural Disaster

Natural disasters can hit anywhere in the world, and all we can do is prepare ourselves and our home for the day it does happen. Some parts of the world are more susceptible to certain natural disasters, which makes it easier to prepare your home, but there are several general preparations for every homeowner to make.

Create A Plan

When bad weather hits, the best thing you can have in place for yourself, is a plan of action with each type of weather scenario in mind. To begin, cover the most likely types of natural disasters to hit your area, and then include others that don’t occur often, but can. Include where to meet family in case of separation, know evacuation routes from home and town, and know how to turn off water, gas, and electricity to your home.

Secure Important Documents

When disaster strikes, there is often confusion and chaos, which makes it harder to get answers or reach out for help. Gather and store all the important documents for your home, insurance, family members in a single, water and fireproof location. This way, you have it all ready to go if you need to evacuate or need to provide any information for assistance.

Create a Home Disaster Kit

Every home should have an emergency disaster kit with supplies for three days in case there is no water, electricity, and gas. Food, water, batteries, flashlights, medication, and pet food if you have pets.

Professional Home Inspection

A home inspection, where weak points and a damage assessment can be done is a great idea for any homeowner looking to prevent further damage to their home in the event of a natural disaster. From the roof to the foundation, there can be overlooked or hidden issues to address that include underpinning a sinking floor to leaks in the roof to weak structure points.

Secure Your Home

When you know bad weather is on the way, and wind, hail or other possible destructive force is involved, take the time to secure your home. Anchor down furniture, attached home features, and bring in anything that can become dangerous if tossed. Protect your doors, window, and any glass features from damage. If there is time, move and raise up any furniture or anything that would be easily destroyed or missed if damaged.

Unplug What You Don’t Need

In case the power is lost in your home, unplug those extra electronics when bad weather is moving into the area. Power surges and loss is a common occurrence during these incidents and electronics and appliances can become damaged.

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