How to prepare your home for a storm

In the event of a storm warning or other emergency situation there are several things you can do to prepare your home for a hail storm to minimize the damage done by hail.

As well as having your Home Emergency Plan and your Home Emergency Kit, you can make sure you prepare your home for a storm too.

Here’s what we suggest.

1. Children

You’ll need to tell your children and other family members what you are doing and why.

It might seem a bit much to make wholesale changes to your home for a few days, but these changes could save your home or even your lives.

2. Put things in a safe place

It makes sense to move things around your home so that you can live in a single floor if your home is damaged.

Moving furniture around in rooms is a good idea too so that it doesn’t block doorways if it falls.

3. Move items from shelves and walls

Moving loose items on shelves and photos on walls to somewhere safer is a good idea, so that they don’t get damaged.

Putting your ornaments and pictures in a strong box out of harms way will ensure that they are still intact afterwards.

4. Garden furniture

If you can tie down garden furniture or put it away in the garage, then you probably should do.

You don’t want chairs or tables flying past the windows or blowing away.

5. Bikes and toys

If your children have outdoors toys or games that could be put away, again, you should put them away.

Bikes, trampolines, slides, climbing toys and playhouses might be better off in the garage if possible, if you know the weather will be bad.

6. Valuable and precious items

Keeping your valuable precious items in a safe place will give you peace of mind.

Perhaps you have jewelery, photographs, sentimental items or other irreplaceable keepsakes that you don’t want damaged.

Using a strong lockable box, or keeping them offsite might be a good idea.

7. Warm clothes

Having plenty of warm clothes for all the family might seem like overkill, but you’ll be glad of them if your roof blows off, or your heating doesn’t work after a storm.

It’s much better to plan for all eventualities, get organized and prepare your home for a storm, than not to.

8. Move electrical items

Moving electrical items upstairs away from flooding will mean there is more chance of them surviving.

If you can move your TV and stereo equipment, computers and tablets, and phone chargers and other electrical items, well in advance, hopefully you won’t need to replace them afterwards.

9. Close to hand

Make sure that you keep everything you’re likely to need close to hand. Depending on your circumstances, you might keep your essentials in a bag with you all the time, or have different bags on different floors.

Remember to keep some cash on you too in case the nearest ATM doesn’t work and you need groceries or other provisions.

10. Insurance

If the worst does happen, you’ll need your insurance details to hand.

Keep your details on your phone, backed up to the cloud, and on paper in your wallet too.

This means that no matter where you, you can call your insurance company with your policy details.

Conclusion

Whilst these changes to your home are hopefully only temporary, they might be enough to protect your home from the most severe weather or other types of dangers.

If your home is affected, then we’ll be happy to help you. We work alongside all insurance companies and can help you claim.

Simply call 877-ROOF-310 to Contact Us and tell us what you need us to do, and we’ll do the rest.