Preparing Your Home for Thunderstorms, Tropical Storms, Hurricanes and Tornadoes

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Even though the Dallas / Fort Worth area isn’t coastal, we can still experience some impacts from hurricanes and tropical storms in the form of lasting rain and winds plus related tornadoes, and as we all know regularly see both strong thunderstorms and tornadoes in the area.

There are some steps you can take to help best protect your home and property from the impact of these storms.

Hurricanes and tropical storms bring with them the worries of both wind and rain, with wind usually stronger and rain more lasting than at other times. The good news is that we usually have many days of warning that these winds and rain are coming. Tornadoes bring strong winds, which can also be seen with strong thunderstorms, plus impact from hail, and often with less warning.

Prepare Before the Storm

Hurricanes, tropical storms and thunderstorms usually bring lots of rain. It’s a good time to declutter drains and gutters so that excess water can flow away from your home.

Bring in outdoor objects such as lawn furniture, toys and garden tools, and anchor objects that cannot be brought inside.

Consider shutters, especially hurricane shutters if you live closer to an area where these winds are an issue. Have a way to brace your doors, especially your garage door which tends to be easier to blow away.

Cut down or trim trees that may be in danger of falling on your home.

Keep flashlights ready, by either making sure they have fresh batteries, or consider rechargeable versions.

Safety During the Storm

Unplug appliances and other electric devices. If the electricity goes out, this will prevent them from being hit with a power surge when it comes back on.

Secure outside furniture so that it won’t be blown away or into your home, windows, vehicles or elsewhere that could cause damage.

Avoid running water or using landline phones while a storm is occurring. Electricity from lightning can travel through plumbing and phone lines.

Stay away from windows, doors, and outside walls.

After the Storm

Be careful during clean-up. Wear thick-soled shoes, long pants, and work gloves.

When you’re going out after a storm, be sure to avoid flooded roadways. Just six inches of fast-moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away. Turn Around. Don’t Drown!

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