Many places across the world see natural disasters such as flash floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, and tornados. Being prepared for natural disasters and other extreme weather can help you stay alive and possibly save your home. While it is unlikely that you will be able to predict what will happen or be able to keep all of your home’s features from damage, taking action steps will help to make life after the storm a little easier.
Liberty Restoration is here to help after the storm has subsided. We offer water damage restoration, roof damage restoration, mold remediation, and more. We want to help you return to a comfortable and healthy home as quickly as possible.
1- Create A Thorough 72-Hour Kit
Getting a pack together with a first aid kit, non-perishable food, extra clothes, and more will help you exit your house quicker and be prepared. 72-hour kits will help you grab everything you need quickly if you have to evacuate your home. This saves you valuable time when a storm or injury is impending.
2- Have Clear Evacuation Plans
Talking with those in your home about your shelter plan or your evacuation plan will save you valuable time and help bring you peace of mind. Talking about where to shelter, a route for evacuation, signing up for emergency alerts, and deciding on a family meeting place are important steps to take.
Other important things to remember during natural disasters are to turn off gas and electricity and make a plan to evacuate your pets.
3- Have A Variety Of Emergency Supplies
Stockpiling emergency supplies can help you in an emergency and help other neighbors and community members. Emergency supplies that you should probably have multiple of include:
- First-aid kits
- Two-way radios
- Life vests
- Disposable kitchenware
- Waste containers
- Disinfecting solutions
- Bottled water
- Hygiene supplies
4- Schedule Regular Maintenance On Your Home
Making sure your home is safe and secure before a storm will help it stay secure during high winds or flooding. Scheduling maintenance will help you repair any cracks, clean mold and bacteria, repair roofing materials, and more. Taking the time and money to do this will give you peace of mind about your home when the weather is severe outside.
Other home cleaning like gutter cleaning, house washing, or roof cleaning can also help improve your home.
5- Reinforce Doors And Windows
For homes that see natural disasters like hurricanes and tornadoes, the high winds can rip home materials off including doors and windows. For homes that see these natural storms often, consider installing wind-resistant doors and windows and storm-proof shutters. For temporary solutions, you can board up your current windows with plywood before the storm reaches you.
6- Prune Large Trees That Surround Your Home
Large trees around your home look beautiful and can provide shade for your yard, but during natural disasters or large storms, they may lead to more harm than good. If you have large trees that stretch over a home, pruning their branches or old limbs will prevent them from landing on your roof. Trimming the trees before storm season will lower the risk of roof damage or large trees crashing into your home.
7- Secure Outdoor Furniture
Similar to securing your windows and doors, securing outdoor furniture will prevent it from flying away and into other homes. Grills, umbrellas, patio chairs, and other large items should be moved inside or put in a storage unit. Also, double-check your yard for smaller items and toys that you can put away before the natural disasters.
Cleanup After Natural Disasters From Liberty Restoration
It can be hard to see storms coming or truly plan for natural disasters, but when you have a company like Liberty Restoration, you can have peace of mind. Our team helps to restore your home after wind damage, flooding, fire, or other disasters.
With two locations in Salt Lake and St. George, we can help serve many customers and their homes across the state of Utah. We take care of more than just the visible damage. We will help restore your home from top to bottom until your home is back to normal. Contact our professional restoration team today.