Wow, it’s officially the first day of summer and the longest day of the year! Summer can also mean extreme weather. From droughts and flash floods to tornadoes and hurricanes, make sure you and your home are prepared! Here are some ideas for summer weather preparation for your home:
- Thunderstorms and tornadoes: Keep five days worth of emergency supplies such as water, non-perishable food and first aid kits at the ready. Know the safest places to take shelter in your home, like the basement or cellar. Secure and reinforce doors and windows. Store any outside items, such as toys or furniture.
- Hurricanes: Have emergency supplies and an action plan ready. Secure and reinforce doors and windows. To avoid traffic jams, know the exit routes or evacuate early.
- Wildfires: Strategic landscaping can direct flames around and away from your home! Grow native plants and remove any dead or dying vegetation. Do not connect wood fencing to your home and move firewood or storage tanks 50ft from your home.
- Storms and flash floods: Check your roof and foundation for leaks. Installing French drains can direct water away from your home. Keep valuables elevated and off the ground, in case water enters your home. Get a flood insurance policy! Most standard Homeowners policies do not provide flood coverage.