Storm Prepping A Home: Simple Tips

A brewing storm on an ocean sunset Prepping a home for a storm can bring forward a lot of confusion as many don't have the slightest clue where to begin. Thankfully, we've compiled a list of some excellent ways to storm prep your home so you can keep everything in one piece after the inclement weather passes. With this being said, here's a look at some simple ways to storm prep your home. Prepping The Outside Prepping the outside of your home is one of the most important parts when it comes to staying safe from a heavy storm. So before you begin prepping the home itself, you'll need to fix the following:
  • Secure any loose items you may have lying around your property (chairs, tables, etc).
  • Correct loose fittings, corrosion, and any timber that has been termite-affected or is currently rotting.
  • Removing branches that are close to your home.
  • Keep drains, downpipes, and gutters clear from debris.
  • Check your roof to make sure it's in good condition to weather a storm.
General Home Safety Now that the outside is ready to handle a storm, it's time to check up on the technical safety of your home. Such things to consider would be:
  • Keeping fuel, a camping stove, and drinking materials on hand in the event of an emergency.
  • Understand how to properly (and safely) turn off your gas, water, and power.
  • Identify the safest room/space to occupy (for shelter) in the event of a severe storm.
  • Make sure that your car insurance, the insurance of the contents (of the home), and home insurance is up to date and valid.
Disaster-Prone Areas With some areas being more likely for flooding or heavy storms, you may have to consider what could happen before, during, or after a storm. For areas prone to heavy storms, you'll have to consider:
  • Adding metal or fitted shutters to prevent debris from breaking your windows.
  • Hiring a builder to check out the integrity of the home and see if it could handle a severe storm.
Now that we have heavy storms covered, it's time to prepare what could happen in flooding-prone areas. If you're living in an area that's prone to floods, you'll need to:
  • Relocating power points so that they're well above the estimated flooding level.
  • Identify the indoor items that would require higher elevation in the event of a flood.
  • Storing garden chemicals and poisons above ground level (for obvious reasons).
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