Your home could be your most important worldly possession. You have likely invested much in it and made many family memories within its walls.
As we reach the midpoint of the year, consider evaluating to see how prepared you will be in the event that a natural disaster comes your way. Here are just a few events to gear up for, depending on where in the country you live:
- Hurricane – The hurricane seasons starts in June. Hurricanes affect states along the coastlines of the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. Hurricanes bring torrential rain and strong winds that can top 150 mph, as well as severe thunderstorms and flash floods. Many properties are damaged or totally destroyed by hurricanes every year. Assess your home for vulnerabilities and take corrective action to make sure your house can withstand the brute force of a hurricane.
- Earthquake – Nobody knows where and when an earthquake will occur. You can prepare your home by making sure that all the appliances and cabinets are securely bolted to the walls. Check the strength of your home’s foundation, and be mindful of the location of the shut off valves for gas and water.
- Tornado – These often-violent weather occurrences are marked by funnel-shaped clouds that extend from the sky to the ground. They bring dangerously fast winds that can reach 300 mph.
- Wildfire – A small fire starting in an area that is wooded or covered with dry vegetation could spread quickly. It is usually aided by arid weather and high winds. If your house is located in a high-risk area, you can prepare by clearing the vegetation around your house. Use fireproof material for your roof, siding, windows, and doors.
- Flood – Floods occur when the waterways are clogged and overflow with excessive water from heavy rainfall. Flash floods can occur in low-lying areas after a heavy downpour. One way to prepare against a flood is to make sure you have flood insurance. Raise your electrical system if you live in a flood-prone area.
- Drought – As the climate heats up, many areas of the country experience extended periods of no rain. You can prepare your home for drought by ensuring that you do not waste water. Repair your plumbing if there are leaks. Redesign your bathroom for more efficient water use. Finally, retool your landscaping by replacing your garden and lawn with drought-tolerant plants.
No one can avoid disaster, but advanced preparations can go a long way in mitigating its effects.