Spring is here and temperatures are on the rise along with storm season. We know here in North Texas we have to be prepared for anything and everything. But will a little preparation you will be able to protect your home against Mother Nature.
Sign up for Alerts
You can sign up for alerts or download weather related apps that will notify you of what is going on weather wise in your region. You may already get Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) through your wireless provider that provide alerts for extreme weather, local emergencies requiring evacuation, AMBER Alerts and Presidential Alerts during a national emergency. Your local news channel and The Weather Channel have alerts you can download onto your cell phone.
Evaluate the Exterior of Your Home
Walk around the exterior of your home and keep an eye out on the following things:
- Loose shingles that looked rippled.
- If you have siding, make sure it is firmly in place.
- Tree branches extending over your house or dead branches that could fall in a storm.
- Make sure your fence is secure or is in need of any repairs.
- Gutters should be firmly attached and downspouts in place and cleaned from debris.
- If you have shutters, make sure they are secured tightly.
- Secure or move loose patio furniture and décor that could be damaged or create damage during a storm.
Seal up any leaks
Inspect the sealant around your windows, doors and places where utility pipes enter the exterior walls of your house. You can use a urethane-based caulk to seal cracks and prevent water intrusion.
- Two gallons of water per person.
- A flashlight and batteries
- Portable chargers for your cell phones and devices.
- First Aid kit
- Garbage bags
- Three day supply of non-perishable food for family and pets.
Review your Safety plans
- Communicate with children on what to do during a bad storm and where to go.
- Create a communication plan for times when you and your family are not together.
- Find the safest place in your home to take shelter.
- Learn evacuation routes.
- Make sure you have a full tank of gas.
- Know escape routes and have way for persons to escape the 2nd floor of your home in case of fire from lightning strike.
Prepare Against Lightning Damage
- Plug in all expensive electronics in to a surge protector.
- Install whole home surge protection for better piece of mind installed by a licensed electrician.
- Lightning rods installed on your home could harness and safely ground currents from lightning strikes.
If you need any help with your spring storm preparations, please contact the Stacey Feltman Group at (214) 356-8368 for a list of our preferred vendors.