No storm is as unpredictable as Mother Nature. And when you’re a homeowner, it’s your responsibility to make sure that you’re prepared for the natural disasters and issues that can affect your property and your family during a storm.
Clean up: During the storm, it’s your responsibility to ensure that your home is as free of debris as possible. This can be accomplished by vacuuming up as much of the water as possible; you should also use a vacuum to clear out debris from the roof. A qualified who can help you assess how much water can accumulate on your roof, and what’s safe to remove.
Take care of yourself: If a flash flood is occurring, it’s also your responsibility to make sure that you’re able to safely evacuate in a safe manner. While most homeowners are familiar with the basics of being safe and prepared, there are some situations where this isn’t always an option. For example, if a flash flood is pouring straight down the street, it’s very important to stay away from it - but what if the water is coming from a corner of your house?
Have a tent or a garage - and a plan for where you’ll be staying until help arrives. And most importantly, be sure to pack a portable stove, water, food, and other emergency supplies. Staying warm is just as important as staying dry. You might be able to skip these steps, but it’s not worth taking any chances.
Here are five key points to remember when preparing for a storm:
Weather: What does this mean for you? Obviously, the only storm that really matters is the one that’s about to hit. But if you have a key point to remember when planning for a storm, it’s that knowing where the most likely high-risk areas are making your life easier.
Planning: It’s not enough to know that a storm is coming - you need to know where the risk of flooding is. Prepare for high-risk locations - they might be places that usually flood, or places that might flood if there’s a storm. Having a professional with you will help you with this.
Preparedness: Prepare for the storm - but then do it properly. Don’t just load up your car with essentials, then let it sit outside in the rain, hoping for a break in the weather. Make sure you have a plan to move the car, so that it’s dry and available when you need it.