Bad weather conditions are something we should always be ready for.  Fear during storms can be intensified with an anxiety on the storm’s outcome and possible damage.

But if you have made arrangements for emergency situations, you will feel calmer and better able to cope.  Keep your family and home safe from the storm with our top tips on what to do before, during and after a storm:

Before the Storm Hits

  1. Secure your Home

storm safety checklistTidy your yard and balcony.
 Secure or store away any items that might be blown loose by strong winds.
Check, clean and repair your roof. We recommend getting a professional to fix your roof properly.  It’s also best to trust this job to the professionals since they will have the right materials and equipment.
Clean your gutters and drains.
Trim any tree branches that could fall on your house.
Reinforce any weak areas.
Make sure your insurance policies for your home and car are sufficient and updated.

  1. Create an Emergency Plan

Discuss the following with all your family members and keep  a copy of all the necessary information posted prominently in your home:

Different exits in the house
Where to go in the event of an evacuation
If separated, how to contact each other and where to meet up
What to do in case of a flood (such as which household items to raise and how to get to higher ground)
What to do for medical emergencies
What are the plans for the pets

  1. Put together an Emergency Kit

Store the kit in a waterproof container and place it somewhere convenient where you can grab it quickly when needed:

A list of contact numbers for emergencies
A portable battery-operated radio
A torch, candles and matches or a lantern
Extra batteries
A first aid kit with bandages and medications for different illnesses
Cash and essential documents
Potable water
Durable shoes and gloves
Mobile phone and charger
Non-perishable food like canned food and a can opener
Blankets and clothes
Toiletries
Any special supplies for infants and the elderly

Withstanding the Storm

  1. Fill pails and buckets with clean water as your emergency water supply.
  2. Unplug all electrical appliances.
  3. Stay indoors and away from windows.
  4. If caught by the storm while outdoors, find shelter but steer clear of trees, power lines and bodies of water.
  5. Listen to the radio for updates on the storm and safety reminders.

When the Worst is Over

  1. Call to report broken power lines and interrupted services.
  2. Ask your neighbours if they need assistance.
  3. Call for help if needed.
  4. Go around your house and inspect for damages and possible safety hazards.
  5. One of the concerns of tenants and home owners whose houses are flooded is the cleaning up of the house after. They are especially worried about the condition of the carpet.  AIM Home Services can gladly help you with this.  We offer professional cleaning services specialising in cleaning and repairing carpets, including carpets that have been water-damaged.

With this storm safety checklist, you’ll be more capable of handling any situation caused by bad weather.  Severe weather conditions such as storms won’t catch you unprepared.  Go through this checklist every time there’s a storm threat and your home and family will be well-informed, adequately equipped and safe.

Image:  Eliza Tyrrell