Preparing your home for the next big disaster can be complicated, but it is important to protect the biggest asset that you own. Fortunately, preparing for a big storm doesn’t have to be expensive or overly time consuming. A good way to start is by thinking about the parts of your home that you need to protect. In general, any point of entry needs extra attention in order to prevent wind and water from doing damage. It’s also important to secure items outside of the main structure.
Doors are usually prime targets for letting water into a house. It is rare to see doors that are truly water tight, especially after being pummeled by high speed winds. This means that as rainwater collects outside your home, it can seep in through the cracks between your door and the door frame. Because of this, it is usually a good idea for people in flood-prone areas to take a few steps to prevent water from seeping in.Ideally, start by piling sandbags in front of your door, on both the inside and outside, to prevent small amount of water from seeping in through the door. If you can’t find sandbags at your local hardware store, make your own by using dirt from your own yard and packing it into any cloth or plastic bags you can find around your home. Fill bags until they are about eighty percent full, and then close them as securely as you can. Stack them as high as possible, and make the wall at least a foot longer than the door frame. Wrap the wall around the door so that it is possible to open the door a few inches. This will make it possible to escape from the home.
Next, start working on the windows. Many people think taping their windows will prevent glass fragments from flying around during a storm, but there is absolutely no evidence to show that this works. It can result in leaving permanent stains on your glass, however. Instead, take a look at your home and consider how to board up your windows. There are a number of kits on the market that allow you to install small brackets on the outside of your home. These brackets will hold sheets of plywood that can block high winds. Make sure to buy a kit that is right for your housing material. On the inside of your home, lay down sandbags in the windowsills. This will prevent water from seeping in through low lying windows or getting blown in through any cracks.
Finally, take a tour of the outside of your home and put away anything that could become a projectile in the event of a storm. Trash cans, deck furniture, and even large sticks should be stored in a garage or another projected structure.