Natural disasters are one of the worst things that can happen to a homeowner. The destruction done to the life you built up is often immense and hard to swallow. On top of that, there is no true way to predict when these disasters will strike.
But there are ways you can prepare for some natural disasters. For example, hurricane preparation allows you to minimize the amount of damage you have to suffer through in the aftermath. But where do you start when it comes to this prep?
Create an evacuation plan
Forbes looks at the ways you can prepare this hurricane season. Getting ready in advance could mean the difference between losing everything and saving as much as possible. Thus, you should first sign up for news posts and letters dedicated to tracking storms. This gives you warning when one is heading your way.
Next, have your evacuation plans set. This means stocking emergency supplies, learning evacuation routes and finding the nearest emergency shelter. You can also keep your car stashed with basic supplies and keep your gas tank at no less than half-full at all times.
Protect your property
Protecting your property comes next. Bring in lightweight objects and anchor anything you cannot move. Reinforce windows, doors, roofs and walls. Install sump pumps and water alarms, along with a backup battery. Remove or trim trees that risk falling onto your home. Regularly clean your gutters. Waterproof your basement and stockpile building materials.
Finally, collect and safeguard all crucial documents and items that you cannot replace easily. This includes medical records, education documents, insurance policies, birth certificates and passports. If you have a safe room, you can store expensive items there as well. Taking these steps in advance can help you save priceless things.