You probably know very few people who would say – at this time of the year – that they are NOT READY for spring. After the wet and cloud covered winter, we are ready for sunshine, blooming flowers…and – wait for it – DISASTROUS STORMS! (sorry to RAIN on the positivity here)! Spring weather can be highly dangerous as it brings storms that can cause severe damage and flooding.
Let us offer a few precautions that will help you to be ready and with ideas for Spring Storm Preparation for both you and your property! First, your property:
- Tend to leaks. If you’ve had leaks in the past, it’s best to take care of them before there’s more damage.
- Clean downspouts and gutters to ensure proper drainage. The gutters should also be tightly attached to the house to guard against strong winds.
- Inspect your roof and siding. Look out for shingles that look rippled.
- Remove tree branches extending over your house that could fall during a storm.
- If you have one, inspect your Sump Pump to make sure it’s working properly.
There are some personal things you can do for you and your family too. Have these things handy if you are unfortunately challenged because of a devastating thunderstorm, tornado or flood:
- A battery-operated flashlight, a battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio, and extra batteries for both
- An emergency evacuation or shelter plan, including a map of your home and, for every type of severe weather emergency, routes to safety from each room
- A list of important personal information,
- telephone numbers of neighbors, family, and friends
- insurance and property information
- telephone numbers of utility companies
- medical information
- According to the American Red Cross a first aid
kit may include:
- non-latex gloves
- assortment of adhesive bandages
- antibiotic ointment
- sterile gauze pads in assorted sizes
- absorbent compress dressings
- adhesive cloth tape
- aspirin packets (81 mg each)
- first aid instruction booklet
- A 3–5 day supply of bottled water and nonperishable food
- Personal hygiene items
- Blankets or sleeping bags
Prepare your family members for the possibility of severe weather. Tell them where to seek appropriate shelter as soon as they are aware of an approaching storm. Practice your emergency plan for every type of severe weather. Show family members where the emergency supplies are stored, and make sure they know how to turn off the water, gas, and electricity in your home.
Often by the time we are aware of an approaching storm, we
have little if any time to prepare for it. But we do know that when spring
arrives, thunderstorms, tornadoes, and floods are real possibilities. So why
not take the surprise factor out of severe weather and prepare yourself, your
family, and your home? If thunderstorms, tornadoes, and floods do occur, you’ll
be ready for them.
We’re here to help and hopefully make any unfortunate claim simple for you. Don’t hesitate to contact us or your insurance company direct to file the claim 24/7.
If we can help you with ANY insurance needs, we’re here and ready to “earn” your trust. TEXT or CALL US at 615.377.1212 or EMAIL us at info@BentonWhite.com.