Spring has definitely sprung! And with May flowers, come those April showers! Here in Kentucky our thunderstorms can bring it all, wind, rain, tornadoes, hail, and sometimes Mother Nature gives it all to us at once! Storms can cause extensive damage so it’s best to be proactive, particularly when you know bad weather is on it’s way.
- Take a quick walk around the house and see if there is anything that you need to secure. Good examples are flags hanging off the house, kids play things, hanging plants, and umbrellas on patio furniture.
- Make sure your sump pump is in good working order.
- Read your insurance policy. You don’t want to find out your policy doesn’t cover something when it’s too late.
- Make sure you are prepared for a loss of electricity. If you know power outages are likely then go ahead and charge up cell phones and battery packs. Know where your flashlights, candles, and batteries are.
- Have a safe place if you live in an area that commonly has tornado activity. If you have access to a basement, that’s your best bet. If not find another safe place like an interior bathroom or closet.
- Make sure you have signed up with the Emergency Notification System in your area. This will text you with important weather information.
- If you have a trampoline it’s a good idea to chain it down if you can. When a trampoline blows away, not only is it likely to be destroyed, but it can damage other structures when it lands, like fences, cars, decks, and roofs.