Winter storms can have a detrimental impact on your home. Rain, ice, sleet, and snow can not only cause instant damage to your property, but they can also create gradual water damage which can be incredibly hazardous. Flood Pro's, USA has compiled a list of ways you can prepare your home for winter storms not just to protect your home, but to also protect yourself and your family in the event of an emergency.
Prepare your home for a winter storm or emergency by:
- Creating a disaster plan. Make sure everyone in your family understands the plan and what to do if an emergency arises. Come up with an escape plan and practice it. Also, designate an out of town friend or family member to be an emergency contact.
- Creating an emergency kit. Your emergency kit should have enough supplies to last you at least three days. Prepare non-perishable food, water, flashlights, radio, first aid, and blankets or jackets for warmth. It is also a good idea to regularly update your emergency kit by adding in new supplies and switching out those that have been sitting for a while.
- Insulating your home and pipes. Before a storm hits, insulate your attic and walls and install storm windows and shutters. Take these steps to help keep the cold out of your home. Insulating your pipes can keep them from rupturing and flooding, which can cause water damage.
- Being fire-safe. Regularly check your fire alarms to make sure that they work. It is recommended that you replace the batteries twice a year. Also, make sure that your ventilation is working efficiently and is not blocked by snow or debris. You should also have a fire extinguisher in case of an emergency. Even when it’s freezing outside, you should be wary of fire dangers.
If you are currently facing water damage or property damage caused by a winter storm, contact Flood Pro's, USA today to get the emergency services you need!