Natural disasters can be extremely devastating for everyone affected, and in many cases, property is severely damaged, and there is a lot of clean up to be done of fallen debris and trees. This is particularly common in a tornado or hurricane. It can be terrifying for both yourself and young children, so it is extremely important to be prepared. Even though there is little that can be done to protect your home from the oncoming storm, you can ensure you have all things needed for each potential outcome of the storm.
If there is a tornado or hurricane on the way, it is a good idea to keep up with the updates. You need to be aware when it will strike, how powerful it will be, and whether or not you should evacuate your home. Having wireless home security installed will ensure that even if your Wifi or internet goes down due to the high-speed winds, you can still get hold of your loved ones and check they have plans in place and are safe. Tornados and hurricanes are scary enough without the added worry that your loved ones aren’t taking the proper precautions. You can also download a news app to your phone which you can set to alert you every time there is an update on the weather coming your way.
Clear Your Yard And Add Shutters
Even though very little can be done for your home, you are going to want to do all you can to ensure it is still secure on the other end of the storm. Anything that may get picked up by the powerful, high-speed winds of a hurricane, or the tunnel of a tornado, will need to be either disposed of or put away for safekeeping. Store any outdoor chairs, tables, BBQs etc., and clear any already fallen trees or firewood. Items that can be picked up will cause even more damage, so it is wise to carry out this preparation thoroughly. To protect the windows of your house, you can install storm shutters – permanent fixtures that will protect your windows from damage. If you are in a high-risk area for hurricanes and tornadoes, this will be a worthy investment. In the event of a tornado, the safest place to seek shelter, if you haven’t got a safe room or basement, is the centre of your house, so protecting your windows from damage is essential.
Prepare For Evacuation
You may have a safe room installed in your house where you will be staying for the storm, however, if you are advised to do so it is crucial you evacuate quickly. As soon as you hear of a storm on its way it is a good idea to line up a place to stay, as well as pack a bag ready to leave at the first mention of evacuation. This will avoid a rushed, stressful panic.
In conclusion, it is always better to be safe than sorry. Do even more prep than you feel you need to, just in case you are advised to evacuate. It will help to combat some of the stress you feel, and you’ll be back to your usual daily routine before you know it.
Every home should have a disaster preparedness kit in their home that will get them through a few days and holds all the information that you may need during a severe winter storm, a hurricane, a flood, etc. You can get details on what you should have in your kit from our article or visit Ready.gov to find out detailed information for your area.