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Protecting Your Home Before a Storm

By Tiffany Raiford

Texas residents know what bad weather looks like. It looks like a beautiful day that suddenly turns dark and ominous. Texas residents are used to both tropical storms and tornadoes, though the latter is difficult to predict and even more difficult to prepare for since they can arrive with little notice. Tropical storms, on the other hand, are something residents can prepare for days in advance since notice is abundant. However, there are a few ways you can protect your home from a storm at all times.

Remove Debris

The most important thing you can do to protect your home before a storm hits is to keep debris out of your yard. Start with your trees. If you have trees that are overgrown or have dead branches, get rid of them. The last thing you want is to realize that a dead or overgrown branch has fallen from harsh winds and landed on top of your home or gone through a window. The second is to remove all toys and tools from the yard. Store them in the shed or garage. Even the smallest of gardening tools or children's toys can turn into a deadly weapon when winds are strong enough to send them forcefully into a window or wall.

Prepare a Safe Room

Whether you're riding out a tropical storm or looking for a safe place to hide in case you have only a moment to do so before a tornado hits, you need a safe room. This room should always be ready for your family. It should be windowless and in the interior of your home. If you have a storm shelter, that's even better. However, many people do not. What you need to do is find a closet or bathroom that's interior-located and have an emergency kit that includes bottled water, a flashlight, batteries and even a radio if possible. This room could be necessary in helping you prepare for a storm.

Get Storm Shutters

There may not always be time to use your storm shutters when weather becomes bad suddenly, but if you're preparing for a big storm, storm shutters are a great thing to have. These shutters do a much better job than anything else protecting your windows from damage and protecting your family and your belongings inside. Have them professionally installed or do it yourself, but just get them installed as soon as possible.

The best thing you can do for your family in case of a storm is have an emergency plan. This involves knowing where to go in case of danger, how to get into contact with one another should not everyone be home at the time a storm hits and an evacuation plan. These things can protect your life -- and everything else can protect your home whether you're there or not.

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