Tornadoes may develop so quickly that you have little to no time to prepare. Follow these precautions to help you stay safer, protect your property, and prevent major damage to your home.
Tornadoes and High Winds: Protecting Your Home
- MAKE A DISASTER PLAN:
- Create a plan and communicate the plan to your family.
- BUILD A DISASTER PREPAREDNESS KIT:
- Consider having at least two emergency supply kits. One full kit at home and smaller portable kits at work or in your vehicle can help.
- VISIT FEMA’s WEBSITE:
- The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s site includes resources so you can learn about warning signs and find out what you can do to before and during a tornado to protect yourself. Tornadoes can happen any time of year and have affected every state in the U.S. They happen most often in late afternoon and early evening and most commonly occur in these regions and times of year.
- Gulf coast – early spring.
- Northern plains and upper Midwest – June or July.
- Southern Plains – May into early June.
- PREVENT INJURY AND PROPERTY DAMAGE:
- Hail, high winds and funnel clouds can damage property that takes a direct hit. But damage can also be caused by objects around your yard that become windborne. Use anchors, chains or cables to protect items that are exposed to the elements. Or, store them in a garage, storage shed or other protective structure if you can. Here are some ideas of items to think about securing:
- Trash cans, lids and construction debris
- Grills and outdoor appliances
- Outdoor furniture and patio umbrellas
- Sporting equipment and toys
- Outdoor power tools, hand tools and equipment
- REINFORCE YOUR HOME:
- FEMA’s “How to Guides to Protect Your Property or Business from High Winds“ is a helpful resource. Learn about useful recommendations like these for building in added protection for your home:
- Reinforce garage doors
- Install storm shutters on windows
- When repairing or re-roofing, make sure shingles are secured properly
- Secure sheds or outbuildings if they aren’t on a permanent foundation
- Plant trees so the distance from any structures is greater than the height of the full grown tree
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