We all look forward to summer. It is during these three months that we are able to spend more time with our family, go on vacations and spend weekends relaxing by the pool. However, carefree days aren’t the only thing that summer brings. The start of summer also marks the start of storm season, which certainly puts a damper on the outdoor fun. While there isn’t anything we can do to prevent tropical storms from forming — there are some precautionary measures we can take to ease the stress and reduce the damage to our property.
Ready.gov has a list of basic preparedness tips in the event of a hurricane that help ensure you and your family’s safety. These include:
- Know where to go. If you are ordered to evacuate, know the local hurricane evacuation route(s) to take and have a plan for where you can stay. Contact your local emergency management agency for more information.
- Put together a disaster supply kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, and copies of your critical information if you need to evacuate
- If you are not in an area that is advised to evacuate and you decide to stay in your home, plan for adequate supplies in case you lose power and water for several days and you are not able to leave due to flooding or blocked roads.
- Make a family emergency communication plan.
- Many communities have text or email alerting systems for emergency notifications.To find out what alerts are available in your area, search the Internet with your town, city, or county name and the word “alerts.”
We have our list of tips to prepare for storm season, with the purpose to better protect your home in the event of a tropical storm. Please remember that your physical safety comes first and never stick around in order to ensure your belongings are undamaged.
Make necessary roof repairs
By ignoring damaged shingles or waiting too long for a complete roof replacement, you risk avoidable damage to your home in the event of heavy rain or high-speed winds. While your home insurance should cover damage caused by a storm — a claim may not be approved if it is proven that the damage was avoidable had necessary repairs been made beforehand.
Trim surrounding trees
Hurricanes bring powerful winds, which can cause trees to fall and limbs to break. Trim any branches that extend over your roof and remove any dead trees that are in close proximity to your home.
Reinforce where possible
Walk the perimeter of your property and check for any loose gutters or clogged downspouts. Check that windows, screen and garage doors are secure in the event of high-speed winds.
We hope for a particularly uneventful and especially carefree summer, but in the event that a storm season affects your area — know that we are here to help. It is our mission to help Texas homeowners get right back to enjoying weekend’s by the pool!