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Prepare Your Home for an Incoming Flood or Hurricane

Prepare Your Home for an Incoming Flood or Hurricane

For 2020, we already have 25 named storms. This year has been a busy hurricane season, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down. When it comes to storm season, you want to make sure you are fully prepared for whatever storm comes your way.

If you want to make sure your home is prepared check out this hurricane prep list to get you ready.

  1. Secure the Exterior

When it comes to a major storm you want to make sure the exterior of your home is ready. That means making sure to trim any large trees, move your patio furniture either indoors, or into the pool where it won’t blow away.

You’ll also want to make sure your windows are prepared with hurricane shutters. If you don’t have time to get shutters, you can always head to the local hardware store and grab some plywood to board up your windows.

Keeping the exterior of your home secure will prevent any unwanted debris and keep your belongings safe.

  1. Use Sandbags

A storm surge can cause the water levels to rise by 20 feet during a storm. If you live below the water line, then you are typically at more risk for flooding. If you live by any body of water, there is always a risk of flooding from the rain.

Sandbags can help prevent the water from flooding your home. They won’t keep all the water out, but they will make a barrier between your home and the rising water level.

If you end up with flood damage make sure to call us for your damage clean up and water extraction.

  1. Have a Backup Toilet

No one ever wants to think about not having a functional toilet, but with storms, there is always a possibility of the septic tank failing.

If this happens, you can make a makeshift toilet from a 5-gallon bucket, or even make your toilet into a dry toilet by using heavy-duty trash bags and placing that into the toilet bowl. Although it’s never an ideal situation, you’ll still want to have a place to use the restroom.

  1. Build an Emergency Kit

With a storm coming you’ll want to make sure you have an emergency kit ready. Your emergency kit should include a flashlight for when the power goes out and a battery-powered radio.

You should also make sure you include non-perishable food items and enough water to last you and your family for at least 3 days. You won’t know how bad the storm truly is until it’s in your backyard and you’ll want to be prepared.

Your Hurricane Prep List

After reading this article you will now have a better idea of what you need on your hurricane prep list. Remember not to wait till the last minute to prepare. You should be preparing all year long making sure you have everything you need for when the time comes.

If you have any questions about storm damage make sure to call us so we can help you out.

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