As we’ve been feeling all week, spring is just around the corner! While that means good weather (hopefully), it also means Spring Showers/ unpredictable and sometimes severe weather . Thunderstorms, tornadoes, hailstorms, and high winds can all be dangerous for our property and to ourselves.
Although we can’t prevent these storms from happening, there are simple steps to take to protect our property as much as possible. The following are some steps that you can take to help get ready for spring storms:
Update any necessary information such as location addresses, size of the deductible, and the current insured value of both your contents and home.
Many areas of the country saw an unusually large amount of snowfall this winter and as that snow starts melting, the water has to go somewhere. If it’s your basement, understand that your homeowner’s policy will not pay for that water damage.
Make sure your home is in tiptop shape by having a local contractor inspect your roof, gutters, and HVAC system for damage or clogging. Make any necessary repairs, and clean air ducts and replace filters.
If you have to leave your home in a hurry, would you have the essential items you needed ready to go at a moment’s notice? You can purchase a Go Bag at popular websites like Amazon and eBay. Or you can simply make a list of the items that you need to include and purchase them locally.
Family members may not be in the same place when a disaster strikes so think through beforehand how you will communicate with each other. Cell phones may not work well after a disaster if cell towers are damaged. Text messaging may have a higher likelihood of getting through. You can also designate a family member who is not in your local area to be your contact person.