9 Ways to Protect your Home from Disasters 

Natural disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes, wildfires, floods, tornadoes, and hailstorms often leave us dealing with the aftermath of its devastation. The worst part is that these events are beyond human control.

Death, property damage, and displacement of people are the significant effects of natural disasters which is why making sure we protect ourselves as much as possible against the calamities of a natural disaster.

For instance, imagine having saved for years to buy a beautiful home for your family and, in a blink of an eye, it is all taken away by a hurricane. Living in a disaster-prone area can be a cause for anxiety due to the constant fear of imminent danger.

For that reason, we have reviewed 9 ways you can protect your home from disasters.

  1. Use Fire-Resistant Materials to Build

According to the National Interagency Fire Center, the US witnessed around 58,985 wildfires that destroyed 7.1 million acres. According to NEMA, burning embers are the primary cause of homes catching fire during a wildfire. The pieces of wood or vegetation during fire outbreaks can travel for more than a mile, and if they land on buildings, the chances of igniting are high.

However, there are some precautions to minimize the risk if these embers land in your home.

  • You can use class A roofing materials like clay or concrete tiles, metal, asphalt shingles which are ignition-resistant to withstand severe fire exposure.
  • You can also treat your house with wooden shingle roofs that are fire retardant.
  1. Get Homeowners Insurance Cover

Do you know that a basic insurance cover doesn’t insure against natural disasters? As a homeowner, you can protect your property by getting the right insurance cover that will cover all damages.

Note that a cover for a house in hurricane-prone areas is different from the one in a wildfire-prone area. In this case, the insurance should be tailor-made for your region because it will come in handy when disaster strikes. Therefore, ensure you ask your insurance company for the best natural disaster cover before buying any.

  1. Clear Your Yard

After reports of a wildfire in your area, ensure you remove dead branches and dry leaves or vegetation in your yard. This is because embers can land in your home, making dry wood and leaves to cause fire risks that can easily reach your home.

In addition, ensure you clear your yard from all outdoor items like outdoor furniture, flower pots, and gardening equipment if you live in areas where hurricanes and tornadoes are recurrent.

High winds can pick and throw these items damaging your house or injuring someone. Clearing the yard of fallen plants and trimming tree branches can also minimize the damage. You can use hurricane straps to secure loose items that cannot be moved such as patio furniture by tying them down during the hurricane season so they can remain intact during the storm.

  1. Install a Surge Protector

Nothing could be worse than having your state-of-the-art appliance destroyed because you didn’t do proper planning before a storm. It only takes a single lightning strike for voltage to spike.

In this case, a surge protector can guard your electrical appliances against voltage spikes caused by surges.

While some people prefer unplugging appliances, installing the protector will allow your family members to continue enjoying appliances’ convenience amidst the chaos caused by the hurricane. For instance, you can avoid unplugging your fridge or a freezer during hurricanes to keep your food consumable during disasters.

  1. Secure Your Doors and Windows

Securing your doors and windows is one of the most important preparation measures you can take against a hurricane or tornado. Chaotic winds are often so intense that a little opening or broken window could have your roof blown off.

And since the garage door is the weakest link, you might want to replace it with impact-rated garage doors. Impact windows and doors are the best bet because they can withstand high winds of up to 200 miles per hour or category 5 winds.

Even better, impact windows have added protection that keeps the glass from breaking into pieces when flying objects hit them. Note that installing impact windows and doors can be relatively costly but worthwhile.

Although you can install storm shutters at a lower budget, they don’t usually withstand as much force as impact-resistant windows. Finally, the barring of the front door is also essential in protecting your house against hurricanes.

  1. Clear the Drainage System and Seal Basement Walls with Waterproof Materials

Flooding is one of the most common disasters in America and results in about 200 deaths yearly. Due to this fact, sealing the basement wall with waterproof materials will ensure water doesn’t enter your home but flows into the drainage system.

Also, clearing the drainage system will ensure floodwater flows away from your home. It helps you close all doors and seal any opening leading into the house. If there are evacuation alerts due to flood level, adhere to the call and move to higher ground. Note that storm surge is usually dangerous to people living along the coast.

  1. Repair Cracks on the Walls and Defective Wires or Connections

Cracked walls are weak and cannot hold during a hurricane or flood water. Repair any cracks on the wall and have a technician look at all-electric connections around your home and repair all the weak spots. This way, you unfortunate avoid cases where faulty wires lead to power outages or explosions.

  1. Have a Safe Room 

If you live in an area prone to natural disasters, a safe room is the best place to hide in case of an extreme disaster. An ideal safe room should be in the basement or in an interior room with no windows and should be designed to withstand intense pressure.

  1. Emergency Kit and Evacuation Plan

Natural disasters vary in intensity, and even with proper planning, you and your home may not hold. In such case scenarios, ensure you have an emergency kit ready with bottled water, food, and medication to last you at least three days. Other items like a flashlight, local map, changer, personal belongings are also essential during disasters. Finally, setting up a safe place can be helpful during emergencies.

Final Thoughts 

If you are the unfortunate victim of a natural disaster, you can reach out to Paul Davis Emergency Services to restore your home in a dignified and timely manner. We provide our services all across Moore, Purcell, Norman, Blanchard, Noble, Oklahoma City, Newcastle, Mustang OK, Edmond, and Yukon.

We deal with water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, clean-ups, trauma, and hazards so give us a call today at +1 (405) 689-9781 for any clarification you might need on a disaster-proof home improvement.

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