The northeast region of the U.S has been experiencing severe storms. Though this year’s hurricane season has been less severe than normal, severe storms are still affecting many areas of the northeast and Atlantic coast. High winds, rains, and flooding are the biggest weather threats as the summer begins to recede into fall. Continuing to prepare for late summer storms as well as beginning to plan for fall weather is an important part of the seasonal storm preparedness process.
Storms cause havoc to homes, businesses, and transportation, so preparedness comes down to a lot of different things. As seasonal weather begins to change, revisiting personal home preparedness is one of the best ways you can cope with severe weather.
The two biggest threats to homes in the Atlantic region are high winds and heavy rains that result in flooding. From spring and summer hurricane season to winter snow and ice, storms are a fact of life in the region, and preparation should be comprehensive. Fortunately, preparation for one season of storms can be good preparation for another. The first place to start is through awareness about severe weather risks.
Following the forecasts and weather alerts is the best way to understand the risks and what you need to address in preparation for a storm. Ongoing preparation around the house is important, and doing things like reinforcing windows and doors, sealing holes and cracks, repairing roof damage, and clearing debris from the outside will help protect your home during a severe storm. The better prepared the exterior of your home is for wind and rain, the better off you may be.
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The essence of any storm planning initiative is maintaining an emergency preparedness kit. These kits can be the difference in comfort and well being during and after a disaster. The many things that you depend on at home can be destroyed or put of of service during a disaster. Utilities, in particular, can be damaged during a disaster–potentially leaving you without power, gas, or water.
Keeping a kit on hand with supplies like water, food, first aid kits, blankets, lantern, flashlights, medication, and other survival essentials will help ensure that you are able to confront a prolonged utility outage or displacement from your home. A good idea is to keep a primary kit at home and a smaller secondary kit in a vehicle. For severe storms, having multiple kits is an effective plan. As the seasons begin to change, now is the time to begin reassessing your overall emergency storm preparedness and putting together a kit.