It pays to be ahead of the storm

It’s always a good idea to prepare your home and family for a big summer storm before it happens.  Better to be safe than sorry.   

Build an emergency kit 
  • Include a few days’ worth of clothing for the entire family, non-perishable foods, drinking water, first aid kit, bathroom/hygiene and baby/pet supplies, cash, blankets, flashlight, matches or candles 
  • Work gloves, duct tape and small tools are also good to keep around
Develop and practice an emergency plan with your family 
  • Pick a safe place to gather away from windows, skylights and glass doors 
  • Keep a portable TV or radio on hand to monitor weather updates 
  • Don’t forget extra batteries 
  • Make sure cell phones are charged 
  • Have an alternate cooking method in case of power outages such as a charcoal or propane grill
Prepare your home 
  • Reinforce windows with storm shutters 
  • Keep sheets of plywood or tarps to cover broken windows or damage  
  • Clean gutters to prevent clogging as this can cause water to pour down the side of the house or under the roof 
  • Waterproof your home by checking for cracks and inspecting tiles and shingles and seal your vents to prevent wind or rain damage 
  • Make sure vents are sealed to prevent wind and rain from entering 
  • A battery operated backup sump pump is also a good idea 
  • Keep expensive or valuable items off the ground in case of flooding 
Prepare your yard
  • Trim your trees as falling branches and debris can cause a lot of damage
  • Ensure that your yard slopes away from your home as this can prevent water pooling and causing damage to the foundation 
  • Secure outdoor items such as patio furniture in case of strong winds 
July 2017 Home Improvement Topic provided by Menards
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