It is well understood that a natural disaster can strike anytime and anywhere and in most cases will occur with minimal or no warnings at all. Some areas are prone to such natural calamities while others are not. The first thing that homeowners should comprehend is to know how susceptible their area or community is to such disasters and to understand the likelihood of such disasters to occur. In any case, it would still be wise for a homeowner and his or her household to be prepared for any eventuality, so that the loss of lives and properties as a result of storm damage would be placed at the very minimum.
When people hear the term storms, vivid images of Hurricanes Katrina and Ivan fill their minds. Americans have witnessed the destructive forces of Nature haplessly battering affected cities, towns and communities. Government agencies, concerned groups and local officials could only do whatever they can to address the situation and to minimize storm damage that would be inevitably coming in such scenarios. However, Americans have also seen the importance of preparedness in the event of storms. Although these were natural disasters and there was not much that anyone can do in such situations, people can still do things in preparation.
Things to Do before the Storm Hits
The act of preparing your home and household against the possibility of storm damage can involve minor preparations in a home, to major survival plans. It would be wise for homeowners to give careful attention and resources to plan and execute these preparation activities.
Some storms are slow and can be monitored effectively to determine when it will make landfall to a particular area. This will give ample time for residents to prepare their homes for such an event. Other storms are fast moving and are very unpredictable. In such cases, federal and local officials will issue a mandatory evacuation order for people in affected areas. Homeowners should be knowledgeable in preparing for both events so whatever comes to pass, they will be ready for it.
Whether you are preparing for a possible evacuation or to wait out the storm to pass inside your homes, the homeowners should prepare sufficient stocks and supplies to last them for several days. This includes food, water, clothing, blankets, medical supplies, flashlights, batteries, and radios at the minimum.
Make careful considerations for your shelter, either on your own homes or in another area. In some cases, you may need to move temporarily to a location that is outside the storm’s path, however, should this be your decision you should make the move as early as possible as highways would likely to get very congested. In preparation, your vehicle should have enough gas plus reserves. On top of this, you should also prepare drinking water and food that requires no cooking.
If you are staying at home, it would be best to stay in your storm shelter. If this is not possible, it would be wise to start boarding up windows with plywood and have extras sets at the ready so you will be prepared for any eventuality of storm damage. You should also reinforce your roofs and doors by securing them with hurricane straps. Windows can also be protected by hurricane shutters, but simple plywood would be sufficient if this system is not in place. However, a home that is susceptible to storm damage should be reinforced by such devices and homeowners should be wise enough to invest in them.
If you are living in a mobile home or homes that are built on wooden frames, it would be wise to simply evacuate to a safer place, particularly if the storm brewing is potential category three to five hurricane. Do not risk your personal safety as well as your household by opting to stay in such a home during these types of storms.
Prepare for the worst case scenario. Stock up on food and drinking water that will last you for several days and if possible for a couple of weeks. You should store foods in cans or those food items that require no cooking or extra preparations.
Have several flashlights and batteries at the ready and store these in waterproof containers. If possible, prepare a portable electric generator that is powerful enough to keep refrigerators or even medical equipments running. Have an ample supply of fuel and ensure that the exhaust systems are directed outside and into your storm shelter or home.
Check your yard or patio for any possible objects or things that can be converted into a dangerous projectile by the storm. This includes metal and stone objects like furniture, grills, pots, signs, fences, swings, figurines, and other similar stuff. You should also cut down protruding branches from trees or tie down trees that can be easily uprooted by the storm.
The most important thing in any disaster preparedness plan, particularly in preparation for a hurricane or a storm, is to make early and quick decisions and to follow through with your plans. A storm is a very frightening experience that any family can encounter in their lives, so it would be best to have them prepared for any onslaught. Your lives, and properties, may likely depend in it. Whatever your case Ron Williams Construction is here to help dry out and restore your home to better than original quality. Contact us today so we can assist you in repairing you home.