Here at Humboldt Storage & Moving – you may think we just specialize in your typical residential and commercial moving. However, we also have an entire department of experts dedicated to emergency moving services. When it comes to emergencies in the home, having professionals by your side is one of the keys to easing the stress of unexpected disasters. Here are our tips to help you weather the next big storm.
Food, Water and the Basics
We all have seen the line at the store and the photos of the bread and milk shelves empty. It is because as humans we are last minute in nature. Don’t be that person. Weather reports have improved tremendously in the past few years and we now have days before a storm hits to be prepared. Make sure you stock up on food, water, batteries, any medication you need and other items in the event you cannot leave your home for several days. You have heard this before but we still see those lines at the grocery store the day before.
Around Your Home
With storms can come wind and other damaging elements. Before the storm hits, take a walk around the home. In the yard, get rid of any branches and other items such as lawn furniture, umbrellas and hammocks and toys from the kids. Get all that indoors and secure. Keep pathways open and clear in the event you need to leave the home. Also, make sure any exhaust openings are fully accessible. Many newer heating systems and water heaters vent through the side of the home. Make sure they are clear form debris and overgrown shrubs and trees. And don’t forget to check anything attached to your home such as gutters, downspouts, flags and shutters to make sure they are secure.
Inside Your Home
Inside your home, make sure items are secure as well. If you need to remove the window air conditioner, do so before the storm hits. Keep all doorways clear in the event you need to get out of the house and make sure you have any outerwear ready to grab. Have blankets, flashlights, radio and a mobile phone in a place that can be reached easily. Keep phones charged and consider a battery back up system as opposed to a gas generator. Small batteries that can power small items such as lights and coffee makers can be found at your home improvement store.
It’s a good idea to have a running list of important contacts ready. Those can include fire, police, power company and the local hospital. Other number in the event of damage to your home could be the public works department, a tree removal company, restoration company and even a moving company if you need to get items out of the home fast. And of course your insurance agent.
Weathering a storm of any kind all depends on how prepared you are. Coming back from home damage also requires planning and the proper professionals to get you through it. When a disaster hits, proper planning will get you back in your home relaxing in no time.