There are many different emergencies that homeowners need to prepare for. But one that many forget about is extreme storms.
Are you and your family all prepared for the next storm? Sometimes, it is impossible to tell just how strong a storm is going to be. We only realise once it hits. For this reason, it is important that you are always prepared for the worst. Not sure how you can prepare your home for the next storm? Here are my top tips and tricks to make sure you make it out dry!
It is incredibly important that you get your home insured against inclement weather. When looking for a policy that will pay out in the event of storm damage, you should look for an all inclusive one. However, if you are on a tight budget, you may find it cheaper to insure parts of your home separately. One of the most important parts to insure is your roof. That’s because it will be the worst hit by the storm and will probably end up badly damaged. You can find out about insurance for roofs online: www.insuranceroofing.com.au.
Create A Home Emergency Kit
An emergency kit is made up of many essential items that you are likely to need during a storm. You will probably also need some of these essentials in the initial aftermath. So what should you include in your emergency kit? Firstly, fill it with important medical equipment such as bandages and painkillers. You should also include practical items such as torches and a portable radio.
Protect Important Documents
One of the worst things that could happen in a storm is your home flooding and important documents getting damaged in the water. So, as you can see, it is especially important to ensure your paper documents and contracts are correctly stored and looked after. Keep them on one of your upstairs floors so that they are less likely to be lost in flooding. You should also have digital copies of each document stored on a USB stick or a computer. You can find out how to digitise your documents online at www.shoeboxed.com.au.
Keep Up With Home Maintenance
If you keep up with your home maintenance, your property will stand a better chance of surviving a storm. So make sure that you are continually checking all the building work. You should do this as often as possible. Don’t just wait until you hear the storm warnings on the radio! If you wait until then, you may have left it too late and might not be able to get the issues fixed in time. Noticed a small issue in the building work? Don’t leave it until it gets worse; sort it out now. It will be easier to fix and the repairs will work out cheaper.