After the devastating tornado and severe storms that hit the Chattanooga area this spring, area homeowners are taking steps to protect their home from the elements.
Thunderstorms, damaging winds, hail and flooding can wreak havoc on your home. As you tackle home projects this summer, consider taking the following steps to prepare for potential storms.
Weatherproof your home
A tree limb hanging over your house can easily damage your home if hit with strong winds. Trim or remove damaged trees and limbs to prevent destruction.
Patio furniture, playground equipment, grills or lawn ornaments can become hazardous moving objects under stormy weather conditions. Make sure you have space in your garage or backyard storage unit to quickly stow these items away in the event of a storm.
To ensure heavy rain can easily run through gutters and downspouts, keep them clean and clear. Water spilling over the sides of your home can soak through to your home’s foundation causing flooding and structural damage.
A damaged roof can be easily blown away in a storm. Hire a contractor to check the structural integrity of your roof system. A strong roof is essential for your house to withstand a severe storm.
Create a disaster supplies kit
An emergency supply kit can help out in any type of natural disaster, especially if you’re in your home without electricity or if you’re forced to evacuate. Your kit should contain:
• Flashlights and extra batteries
• First-aid kit
• Three-day supply of bottled water and non-perishable food
• Prescription medicines
• Battery-operated radio
• Pet supplies
• For more ideas on creating an emergency supply kit, visit www.ready.gov.
Be aware of emergency alerts
There are several ways to learn about bad weather approaching our area. The three most common are:
Wireless Emergency Alerts: State and local public safety officials and the National Weather Service send WEAs. The alerts look like text messages but are designed to get your attention with a unique sound and vibration. Mobile users are not charged for receiving WEAs and there’s no need to subscribe.
Emergency Alert System: State and local authorities send EAS notices through broadcasters, satellite digital audio services, direct broadcast satellite providers, cable television systems and wireless cable systems.
NOAA Weather Radio: This alert system is a nationwide network of radio stations that broadcast continuous weather information from the nearest National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts official warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information around the clock.
Need help weatherproofing your home or repairing damage from previous storms? Visit the Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga at HBAGC.net.