There are many things that you can do as a homeowner to prepare for storm season. The first and most obvious include stocking up on common household items like toiletries as well as food and water. You can never have too much of food and water especially since you will not be able to get to the grocery store for days, and in the worst circumstances weeks. You also don’t want to be caught without toilet paper during those times so make sure to stock up on that. Another essential item that people forget about sometimes is batteries. Since the power will most likely be out for a few days you want to make sure to have batteries to run your flashlights and radios.
There are many things that should be done to the outside of your home to prepare for storm season. Make sure that any leaks that you have noticed during regular rainstorms have been patched. A hurricane is the last time you want to be dealing with an unrepaired leak. You also want to make sure the seals around all windows and doors are tight and waterproof. Our friends over at Garage Door MN recommend making sure the seal below your garage door is waterproof to prevent garage flooding. These are essential preparation measures so that standing water does not cause any damage to your floor or foundation.
If you have vehicles that are outside because you only have a car port or do not have a garage then you should invest in a heavy duty car cover. Make sure it is one that will stay on the car during heavy winds and ties into the vehicle in many different spots. The reason a car cover is recommended is that it can help protect your car from being scratched from flying debris. There are also many car covers that have padding on the inside that can help defend heavier objects like rocks and branches. If you do not have a car cover with padding on the inside, you can line the inside with old blankets and pillows so that you can protect your car from damage. One other protective measure you should do for your home is to board up the windows. This prevents them from being shattered in the middle of a raging storm.
Taking these extra precautions during storm season could make the difference between minimizing repair costs afterward or paying large amounts to fix damages.