4 Ways to Prep Your Home for a Natural Disaster
Prepping your home for a natural disaster keeps you one step ahead of unexpected circumstances. Since September is National Preparedness Month, here are four ways that you can prep your home now for a natural disaster.
1. Prepare your emergency plan.
One of the first ways that you can prep your home for a natural disaster is by assembling an emergency plan for you and your family. Know what your family’s evacuation plan will be, where you will meet if you get separated, as well as a communication plan if cell service is not available. Next, assign each member a list of supplies to pack should a natural disaster arise and you have to evacuate. Supplies could include medication, dietary items, first aid kits, medical equipment or supplies for pets or small children. Lastly, make copies of your family’s contact information as well as other important numbers including medical providers, schools and family members. Laminate this information and make sure that each member of your family has a copy.
2. Contact your insurance company.
In the event that you don’t have much time to prepare for a natural disaster, call your insurance company right away to consult about supplemental coverage. For instance, flooding is the most common natural disaster in the country, so it would be wise to add this insurance coverage onto your homeowners insurance policy. You can check FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center to enter in your address and see if your home is at risk for flooding.
3. Sign up for natural disaster alerts on your phone.
Another way that you can be prepared for a natural disaster is to sign up for emergency alerts on your mobile device. The federal government as well as apps on your smartphone have great resources to keep you on top of any natural disasters or other events that could affect your family or your home.
4. Regularly maintenance your home.
While it’s tempting to put off home maintenance, keeping these tasks on your routine is another way to keep your home prepared. Whether you decide to maintenance your home weekly or monthly, it could save you from the heartache of repair down the road. You can keep an eye on your trees, making sure to remove dead and brown branches, so that these will not detach if a natural disaster arises. Keep your gutters cleaned out to prevent roof damage, leakage into your foundation and other problems if water begins to build up. Other tasks you could complete are regularly maintenance on your HVAC, staying on top of your home plumbing and upgrading to stronger shutters or windows to withstand impact and harsh weather.