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Protecting Your Home From Natural Disasters

Protecting Your Home From Natural Disasters

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Winter is a turbulent time of the year, and often coming with it are much harsher weather conditions as well as some risks of flooding and other natural disasters. 

If you want to protect your home this season from the risk of natural disasters there are several things you can do. Building and protecting your house this season is more important than ever, and it will give you the peace of mind for years to come that your house is safe. 

Here are just some of the ways you can invest in your home to keep it safe this winter. 

Consider drainage 

Flooding is a risk in winter more than other seasons because it simply rains more often. To prevent your house from flooding, you need to assess the drainage around your house and fix any cracked drains on the exterior of your property. Be sure to unblock the drains and see about installing another one if you don’t have much already. 

Install sturdy garage doors 

When preparing your home for flooding or wind damage, it is important to have very sturdy doors which can withstand water as well as the force of wind. Install a new garage door as well as doors of your house to ensure you have a solid barrier between yourself and the elements this year. 

Invest in a flood barrier 

If you live in an area which is low down and at risk of flooding often – it is important to consider a flood barrier. Your flood barrier doesn’t need to be huge, but just enough to divert water away from your property to keep you and your home safe. 

Caulk windows and doors 

When there is a risk of natural disaster close to your home, you need to be sure that the structure of your house is solid. To do this, be sure that the area around your windows and doors is solid and doesn’t have any holes or cracks that can provide a weak spot for wind and rain. Use caulk to seal around the windows and the doors and protect your access points. 

Don’t store cardboard on the floor 

If you have a garage or shed alongside your property, one important thing to remember is that you should not store cardboard boxes full of things on the floor. As you know; cardboard is not waterproof and this means if you flood your belongings run the risk of severe water damage. Stick to plastic, or move boxes onto shelving. 

Have plans for cleanup

 
When a natural disaster does hit, not many of us know what to do. It is important for you alongside planning to prevent damage that you have a plan if it happens. You can store the number for a disaster cleanup contractor in your phone incase the worst does happen and at least you will have an expert team of people to help you in your time of need. Be sure to keep the emergency numbers for other services too, so that when the time comes you are ready to take action.

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Don’t Wait For Bad Weather To Reach You – Have A Plan Ahead Of Problems

Don’t Wait For Bad Weather To Reach You – Have A Plan Ahead Of Problems

There have been so many heartbreaking stories in the news lately of people losing their homes, their possessions and their livelihoods because of terrible weather. It certainly makes us all pause for thought as we wonder how we would cope if it happened to us. Where would your kids sleep, and how would you make repairs to your property? Would you know who to call and where to go for help?

Most of us have an emergency plan in place should we be caught in a house fire. We practice our exit route and make sure the fire alarms are working. But what do you do after the fire is out? The same applies to flooding, tornadoes, and hurricanes. Few of us have a plan of action should our home be uninhabitable. Here’s how to make sure you and your family are cared for if disaster strikes:

Phone

Not everybody knows their own number. It’s important that you do because if you need to leave it behind you need a replacement quickly. Most of our data like contact details of loved ones are stored in the cloud. Even if your phone is destroyed, you can retrieve the data and get hold of the people best suited to help you. Memorize passwords to social media accounts like Facebook. This will be the first place loved ones will look for you. Most of us have instant alerts to activity on these accounts too.

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Insurance

Lots of us have got into the habit of shopping around for our insurance every year to make sure we have the best deal. The problem with this is we can forget who our current insurer is! Make sure you always have a photo of the document or emailed copy of any insurance policy. These will also be in the cloud waiting for you to log in from your new device. You can then contact your insurer to make a claim.

When it comes to buildings insurance, some companies won’t pay out for ‘Acts of God’. However, they’re not all heartless! Most insurance companies will provide immediate help and sort out a hotel and other provisions should you become homeless. Double check your coverage next time you take out a policy.

Cash

If your bank cards and cash are lost, you need to know how to get hold of your bank to give you quick access to money. You might need to pay for a hotel or buy your family a couple of meals. You might even need clothes and footwear. Fortunately, Twitter can help here. Search for your bank, and chances are you’ll find a live operator ready to tweet back a phone number you can call to get help. Never give your account details or full name on Twitter.

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Shelter

When there has been a huge scale disaster like the ones we’ve seen on the news lately, you need to find shelter. If there is time, pack the essentials like clothes, medicines, weatherproofs, food, and water. The emergency response teams will direct you to a local shelter and may assist you with getting there.

Of course, if you are already packed to go, you can get out quicker. Why not keep a packed wheelie case or backpack with photocopies of your most important documents? You can add a fresh set of clothes for each member of the family, a couple of days of your meds, and some other essentials for an emergency. Wrap them all up in a plastic bag inside in case you need to wade through floodwater.

Return

When you have the OK to go back, you need to start finding the best people to tackle the damage. Start with insurance approved companies like ServiceMaster that can get rid of all the hazardous materials in your home. Repairs can take time, so you need to assess if any part of your home is safe enough to be habitable. If not, hire a caravan or book a long-term hotel.

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You might have secured some of your property during the course of the year. Summer and winter maintenance checks help you keep your house in good condition. When you look after your property routinely, you can help minimize the damage that might occur during a storm. Clearing gutters, vents, and drains can help prevent problems occurring in the first place.

We all hope nothing bad ever happens. But if you have a clear and concise plan in place, you’ll be able to cope should the worst happen. Take care.

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