When a winter storm is a forecast, you can take a few preventive steps to help you protect the things you cherish.
How to protect your home against storm damage
Before the hits storm, get ready.
– If you are able, take a look at your roof. Check for loose tiles and make sure your TV aerial is secure.
– Check your gutters and drainpipes, clear out any debris to keep them clear and blockage free.
– If you have trees trim back any branches that could crash down on your car or home during high winds.
– Remind yourself how to turn off your utilities, including gas, electricity, and water, in case of emergency
– Unplug all non-essential electrical appliances and keep them upstairs in case of flooding.
– Store away any garden furniture or outdoor items and keep sheds, garages and fences and wheelie bins adequately secured.
– Keep your valuables locked safely away, ideally in waterproof containers, and back up any critical files on your computer.
– Have an evacuation plan ready for you and your family and pets.
– Keep an emergency kit somewhere easily accessible:
Make sure you have a torch and portable radio, candles and matches, spare batteries and a radio in case the power goes out.
– Fully charge your phone and a power bank as a backup.
– Ensure you have canned food, bottled water and portable cooking equipment (enough for at least three days).
– Blankets, waterproof clothing and wellington boots (for each household member).
– A list of local emergency numbers (e.g. your GP, the council).
– Dig out your insurance details and make sure you have a first aid kit, and any prescription medicines handy.
During a storm, it’s essential to look after yourselves too
-Stay indoors as much as possible and avoid being close to buildings and trees if you have to go outside. Watch out for flying debris.
-Keep your doors, windows, and curtains closed; open internal doors only when necessary and make sure to close them behind you.
– Don’t try to repair anything outside until the storm’s over.
– During a thunderstorm, please avoid using your landline unless it’s an emergency