Menards Home Improvement Topic: "It pays to be ahead of the storm"

Posted at 11:25 AM, Jul 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-09 11:25:36-04

It’s always a good idea to prepare your home and family for a big summer storm before it happens. Better to be safe than sorry.

Build an emergency kit

  • Include a few days’ worth of clothing for the entire family, non- perishable foods, drinking water, first aid kit, bathroom/hygiene and baby/pet supplies, cash, blankets, flashlight, matches or candles
  • Work gloves, duct tape and small tools are also good to keep around

Develop and practice an emergency plan with your family

  • Pick a safe place to gather away from windows, skylights and glass doors
  • Keep a portable TV or radio on hand to monitor weather updates
  • Don’t forget extra batteries
  • Make sure cell phones are charged
  • Have an alternate cooking method in case of power outages such as a charcoal or propane grill

Prepare your home

  • Reinforce windows with storm shutters
  • Keep sheets of plywood or tarps to cover broken windows or damage
  • Clean gutters to prevent clogging as this can cause water to pour down the side of the house or under the roof
  • Waterproof your home by checking for cracks and inspecting tiles and shingles and seal your vents to prevent wind or rain damage
  • Make sure vents are sealed to prevent wind and rain from entering
  • A battery operated backup sump pump is also a good idea
  • Keep expensive or valuable items off the ground in case of flooding

Prepare your yard

  • Trim your trees as falling branches and debris can cause a lot of damage
  • Ensure that your yard slopes away from your home as this can prevent water pooling and causing damage to the foundation
  • Secure outdoor items such as patio furniture in case of strong winds