Hurricane Mathew has left parts of the country devastated, and the worst may be yet to come. Due to this, I wouldn’t be too surprised to learn that a lot of my readers have got storm damage on their mind. I know I do. I have some very close friends of mine that live in Florida and have been affected by this storm. It was so hard to be all the way here in Utah wondering if my loved ones were okay. Luckily they did not sustain too much damage but my sympathies go out to anyone who wasn't as lucky and that their home has been affected by this latest hurricane to hit US shores. If you are worried about storm damage, here are three tips that can help you be better prepared and hopefully reassure you it doesn’t have to be the end of the world.
1. In The Eye Of The Hurricane
Here in Utah snow storms are just around the corner. If you think that your home could be hit by a snow storm, hurricane or any other major storm, you should have a storm shelter. These can be bought and built in the backyard. Or, at the very least, you may want to know where your nearest storm shelter is. It’s not always safe to stay in your home. If you don’t have a storm shelter, the safest place is usually the basement. Make sure that you secure any doors or windows before the storm hits. This is particularly important if it’s going to be a nasty force of weather.
You may also want to think about buying a portable, battery power supply. This will make sure that you have power and heating, even if outages leave you in the dark. It can be helpful, particularly if you have young children who you need to keep entertained throughout the storm. They’ll find it a lot easier to cope with if they can watch their favorite movie.
2. After The Storm Has Passed
Once the storm has passed, you’ll need to assess the damage. This can be a heartbreaking experience because you will see that a home you’ve built up over the years has been ripped apart. You might be lucky, and there may be very little damage to your home. Or, it might just be one small issue that you need to deal with. However, I do suggest that you get a professional inspection for your home. You don’t want to miss anything important such as damage to the foundations. This can cause leaking, and you will almost certainly need a foundation repair company to fix it.
Don’t forget to ring your insurance company as well. You need to find out what damage they will and won’t cover. A storm may be classified as an act of God, and it’s possible that an insurance company won’t pay at all. You have to be prepared for this possibility. For larger home repairs it might be necessary to take out a loan instead.
3. Preparing For Next Time
Finally, you always need to think about the next time your home might be hit by a storm. You can’t prevent it getting damaged, but you can ensure the safety of your family. Make sure you have a large stock of food and water for emergencies. You should also have a place set up, ready with sleeping bags and warm clothes to ride out the storm. If you do this, you’ll find it a lot easier to deal with a storm, next time one hits your home.