How to Protect Yourself and Your Home in a Storm
Storms present numerous hazards that can be deadly to humans and harmful to homes. High winds can be devastating to windows and roofs, and flash floods are a serious threat whether you’re at home or outdoors. In 2017, Texas was one of three states in the USA with the most deaths due to lightning strikes. When a storm rolls in, it seems like danger is everywhere. Because it is.
Fortunately, there are ways to protect yourself and your home during severe storms. Arming yourself with knowledge and taking steps to fortify your home against the weather can mean the difference between safety and devastation.
Here are some important tips for making it through a storm with your house intact.
First, Be Aware
Stay informed! Watch, read, or listen to weather reports each day to see what’s in store for your area. Radars and early warning systems are lifesavers when it comes to severe weather. Take advantage of them to be forewarned about storm and flood threats near you.
Preparedness is Key
Once you’ve learned of severe weather approaching you, there are steps you can take to help your home survive the onslaught.
Windows are the most vulnerable part of a house during a storm. If you are fortunate enough to have impact-resistant glass or storm shutters, your windows will have a better chance of staying intact. A more affordable option is plywood; when installed correctly, it can reduce the odds of your windows being blown out due to high winds and flying debris.
If flooding is the major threat, you can stack sandbags at least 2 feet high around your home’s entrances. However, sandbags aren’t always readily available when a flood or hurricane is coming. If you can’t obtain enough sandbags, Accuweather recommends filling heavy duty trash bags 1/3 of the way with water, tying them off, and using them to supplement the sandbags you do have.
Lightning strikes are another concern – one that can destroy electrical devices like televisions and computers. To give your electronics a fighting chance, consider plugging them into a surge protector. If you know you’ll have to evacuate your home, unplug as many electronics and appliances as you can. That could keep them from electrifying any floodwaters that reach them.
Personal Storm Safety
People are always safest inside their homes, with one exception: If you live in a mobile home, the Centers for Disease Control suggest that you get out if a tornado is approaching. Get to a permanent building as fast as you can. If that’s not an option, lie facedown in a ditch or other low point in the landscape, and cover your head with your arms.
If you live in a house with a secure foundation, make sure to get as far away from the windows as possible. A basement or storm shelter is an ideal place to ride out the storm, but basements are rare in Texas. If your house doesn’t have one, go to an interior room without windows, such as a bathroom or large closet. Lie down and cover your head with a blanket or your arms until the high winds have passed.
Call Elite Roofing Today
At Elite Roofing, we want you and your home to be as safe as can be in any kind of weather. If your roof has wind or hail damage, we will happily take a look at it and give you an estimate for repairs. It’s always best to catch the damage early and get it fixed before wind and rain can make it worse. Call us today for the very best in roofing services.