Americans have been experiencing a high level of storms lately. Torrential rains, hurricanes, and tornadoes keep on wreaking the United States over time. It is good to hope for the best and prepare for the worst. You should be prepared for storms at all times.
The preparation process entails several things depending on your location. Storm damage also varies from one location to another. It is nearly impossible to predict storm damage because of the weather extremes in the United States. Extreme heat, cold, rain, floods, ice, wind, and lighting bring different damages to the home.
It is good to prepare before a storm hits. Certain tips will help you to minimize the inconveniences that come from storms, maximize safety and bring you back to life after storm damage.
You should always have flashlights and spare batteries in an easy-to-access location. You need to avoid candles as much as possible. It is easier than most homeowners believe leaving a candle lighting and having fire ravage all over the house. Storm damage creates a lot of mess but fire damage will affect your environment in the long run.
You should also buy extra canned foods and bottled water. In case of a long-lasting power outage, it will bring less havoc your way. You also need extra cooking and drinking water.
All your major appliances should have surge protectors. It will make sure that the surge doesn’t enter your valuable pieces of equipment as it may render them useless. If you don’t have surge protection and think that a storm could be on the way, you need to unplug all the precious electronics and appliances.
Have a radio that is operated by batteries in your home. You can tune on to the local station to get regular updates. If you move out after a storm hits your area, you should avoid power lines. The reason is that power lines can shock you because they are full of energy.
If your lights blow out during the storm damage, double-check the fuse breaker box. Also, ask your neighbors if their fuses are also blown. In case it is power, call the electric company so that they are aware of the outage.
If your power is out, make sure you conserve the energy that is in your refrigerator or freezer. Limit the times that you open and close these devices to limit the use of power. You can also buy dry gas from the local groceries if you have nothing to use at all.
If you have power outages in extremely cold conditions, you may store your food in the cooler outside. In cold weather, leave the water dripping so that the pipes will not freeze. Don’t forget to put on warm clothes. Don’t use flammable liquids and use fireplaces with caution when starting a fire. Besides, don’t is a gas stove in heating your home. It is an unsafe practice that can lead to more damage.
If storm damage takes place and you don’t have power, be careful as you run generators. It is crucial to restock your emergency supplies immediately after a storm. Remember the season of storms is not over and it may re-occur. You cannot prevent storm manage but you can prevent it. The way you react to the situation will explain how you are going to cope with the aftermath of storm damage.
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