Prepare Your Home for a Storm Master Checklist

It's never too early to prepare your family and your home for severe weather. Plan your storm readiness improvement projects with this master list.

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The Basics

  • Know the severe weather risks in your area.
  • Prepare a Storm Readiness Kit.
  • Sit down with your family and develop a plan in case of severe weather.
  • Take pictures or videos of your house and valuables for insurance purposes.

Hurricanes

  • Prepare shutters or other coverings for doors and windows.
  • Reinforce the roof trusses—a cool-weather job.
  • Examine and repair roof shingles—do it while the weather’s cool or overcast.
  • Caulk openings, flashings and soffits.
  • Reinforce the entry doors and round up exterior covering as required.
  • Replace hard mulch with soft material.
  • Buy and install a backflow-prevention device in your sewer line.
  • Trim your trees and bushes.
  • Purchase supplies for your Storm Readiness Kit.
  • Purchase generator, gas cans, carbon monoxide detectors and extension cords.
  • Decide how to tie down large outdoor equipment, and purchase supplies.
  • Reinforce or replace your garage door.
  • Purchase supplies for cleanup and repair.

Flooding

  • Purchase flood insurance.
  • Buy and install a backflow-prevention device in your sewer line.
  • Consider moving heating/cooling appliances and electrical panel to higher level.
  • Purchase plastic sheeting and sand bags.
  • Seal basement walls to prevent seepage.

Tornado

Did you know?

  • Most hurricane damage is caused, not by wind, but water entering the house from leaks, broken windows, flood water, storm surges and back- flowing sewers.
  • In over 80% of the cases, wind damage to homes starts when the garage door is compromised.
  • SUVs—because of their larger size and larger tires—are actually more buoyant than small cars and can be swept away on flooded roads just as easily.
  • The most common cause of roof shingle failure during a hurricane is poor installation and improper nailing.
  • If you store water in case of emergencies, you’ll need at least one gallon per person, per day. A three-day supply is a good minimum.

Information for this post was made in collaboration with Lowes for a severe weather guide.

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