Protect your home from severe weather


From tornadoes to high winds and thunderstorms, severe weather can cause brutal damage to your home. Here are seven things you can do to keep your home as safe as possible if a storm hits:

Store your vehicles – Park your vehicles inside your garage. If you don’t have a garage, move them to higher ground to avoid flooding.

Bring items inside – Bring garbage cans, grills, patio furniture and anything else that could be tossed around in the wind, inside your home or garage.

Shut off your outdoor pool – Turn off the circuit breaker and remove the motor to prevent damage.

Remove tree branches – If you spot branches that might break off during a storm and hurt someone or damage your house, prune them.

Rent or purchase a generator – A powerful storm could knock out power to your home for several days. Renting or purchasing a generator can help you keep your lights on and refrigerator running.

Seal windows and doors – This will prevent wind and water from entering through windows, cracks and doors.

Prepare your roof – Apply sealing around your chimney or vent pipes to help prevent water from seeping into your home. Also, clean out gutters and downspouts.