September is National Preparedness Month and with the terrible destruction of Hurricane Dorian, it seems like Mother Nature is sending her own not-so-subtle reminder.
Natural or man-made disasters can hit any family at any time. Don’t wait for the weather forecasters, take action now!
Review your insurance policies. Make sure you are covered for natural disasters. Generally damage caused by flooding, earthquakes, and hurricanes is not covered by a regular homeowner’s policy. You may be able to purchase it separately.
Seal windows and doors. Do your very best to be certain that water and wind doesn’t make it into your home. Looks for cracks, windows, entry doors, and garage doors. Seal as tightly as possible – use special storm shutters as well.
Do roof maintenance. Clear those gutters and seal your chimney and house vents. Needless to say, heavy downpours that can’t be contained or diverted can cause severe structural damage.
Clear the yard. If your yard contains a number of sticks or debris as well as lawn furniture or outdoor items, make sure you secure them or take them inside your house. High speed winds can make those everyday items into deadly projectiles.
Plan ahead. Be ready to hunker down. Plan ahead and stock up on non-perishable food items as well as bottled water, batteries, blankets, and more.
While the aftermath of a disaster is often overwhelming, it is important and helpful to keep the following information, provided by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in mind.
Keeping Safe During Disaster Cleanup and Recovery
Using Portable Generators Safely
Rodents, Snakes, and Insects
Tree Trimming & Removal
Please be prepared and stay safe!