How to protect your home and loved ones this storm season.
If a storm is heading your way, you are probably worried about keeping your home, belongings, and loved ones safe. Fortunately, there are things that you can do to prepare your home and family for storm conditions. Here are some of the steps that you should take.
Clear Your Gutters
Storms bring significant rainfall. If your home’s gutters and downspout are filled with leaves and other debris, they will get clogged and prevent rainwater from draining away. This can cause water to pool on your roof, increasing the chances of leaks and water damage.
Safeguard Critical Areas
During a storm, your roof, windows, doors, and garage doors are most at risk. If a storm is on the way, then you should install temporary protection like special shutters or coverings for your patio. You should also reinforce garage doors, entry doors, and windows with pieces of plywood.
Protect Your Valuables
If a storm gets very bad, you may be forced to evacuate your home. If you plan on taking valuable items with you, make sure they are packed securely and wrapped in waterproof materials. You should also make sure that your home inventory is updated to include all the new items you have purchased for your home. Having an updated home inventory will help you file an insurance claim in the event your possessions are damaged in the storm.
Pack an Emergency Kit
Extreme storm weather can leave you without electricity, water, gas, and other basic services. To ensure that you and your loved ones remain safe for the duration of the storm, you need to have a well-stocked emergency kit to rely on. Your kit should include basics such as the following:
- Water (one gallon per person per day for drinking and sanitation)
- Food (three-day supply of food per person)
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
- Flashlight and replacement batteries
- First aid kit
- Cell phone and portable charger
- Local maps
This is how you can protect your home and loved ones from dangerous storms. Remember, having the right homeowners insurance is another way to protect the people and things you love most. Need help securing the right home coverage? For assistance with all your coverage needs, contact an insurance professional at Westwood Insurance Agency today.