Hurricane season is here. Even if you don’t live where hurricanes usually strike, you could face floods, fires, earthquakes or other severe weather. Protect your home and family with these simple disaster preparedness tips from our partner Rebuilding Together.
1. Relocate your valuables
Move treasures away from windows and doors, and take them upstairs, if possible.
2. Inspect your roof
Whether you have metal, single-ply, or shingles, make sure that your roof is properly installed and in good condition.
3. Prepare your windows
4. Learn to turn off the water
Locate the shut-off valve on your water main and keep a water meter key nearby.
5. Master your electrical supply
Find your circuit breaker panel and learn how to shut off the electricity.
6. Protect outdoor electrical outlets
Use foam sealant to safeguard outdoor outlets and switches.
7. Keep a fire extinguisher handy
Store your fire extinguisher in an easy to reach spot. Check the pressure gauge frequently to make sure it’s still in working condition.
8. Clean your rain gutters
Clear your rain gutters, drains, and downspouts to allow water to flow away from the house quickly.
9. Move outdoor accessories inside
Store outside equipment, furniture, and large yard ornaments. If you don’t have the space, secure them using bungee cords, cables, or spiral landscape anchors.
10. Trim your trees
Trim weak branches that could damage your home during a storm. Transplant trees that are too close to your house, if possible.