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How to Prepare Your Home For a Storm

9/25/2019 (Permalink)

Lightning in the sky, sky looks grey Storm headed to Coalfield, WA

How to Prepare Your Home For a Storm

When a major storm is headed towards your home, you may feel helpless in the face of such power. While it is always advisable to vacate your home prior to the storm, there are a number things you can do to protect your possessions, both physically and financially, from the extensive damage that flood water can cause.

Before the Storm

Preparation before a major storm is vital to reducing the damage caused by flood water, high winds, and other types of damage. Before a storm hits your Coalfield,WA home, follow these simple guidelines:

Arm yourself with knowledge: Be sure you know your home’s flood risk level by consulting a flood zone map, and monitor the track of the storm closely in the days leading up to its arrival whenever possible.

Have a plan: If you choose to stay in your home during the storm, know that flood water can strike at any time and overwhelm you quickly, so have important items and documents in a go bag and map out how you will leave your home. Remember that you could be gone for several days so include medications, pet needs, and other vital items to keep your family safe.

Safeguard your home and possessions: You can reduce the risk of water damage by ensuring all sump pumps are working properly, your gutters are clear of debris, and windows and doors are properly sealed or boarded up. Move your most valuable possessions to higher levels of the home to reduce the risk of damage.

Additional Tips

Despite your best efforts, it is possible your home will suffer major damage after a storm. Ensure your family’s safety by refraining from entering any flooded building, including your home, without proper help. If you have your insurance and homeownership proof, you will be able to work with storm cleanup and restoration professionals more quickly, since you will receive the financial help faster when you are well organized. A terrible storm can be chaotic and devastating, but ensuring your safety is a vital first step towards recovery.

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