Storms, tornadoes and hurricanes are inevitable in some parts of the world. If you live in a storm or hurricane-prone region, take a proactive approach to surviving a disaster by getting your house, yard and swimming pool ready before the storm hits. Follow these important suggestions and steps from experts like the American Red Cross.
After Hurricane Andrew, a team of experts examined houses that were destroyed and houses that survived. They found four critical areas that should be checked for weakness:
- Garage door
"High winds can bring costly damage to your property and pose a risk to your well-being," writes David Beaulieu, About.com Guide to Landscaping. Follow his list of 10 hurricane safety tips, compiled from the landscaping perspective.
"Taking note of hurricane safety tips -- and acting in time -- can save you the costs of wind damage to your yard or home. Following hurricane safety tips can also save you the aggravation of having to replace items you take for granted in your yard. While some of these recommendations aren't technically hurricane safety tips, all are still well worth considering."
"A tree is never in greater danger than during a storm," writes Steve Nix, About.com Guide to Forestry. "That can mean a threat from pounding rain and hail, from the fury of the wind, from the scorch of lightning or the weight of ice on branches and leaves. You may also have to remove a tree that endangers life and property during or after a storm. The key to a tree's survival is the care you give before the storm, keeping it healthy with proper space to grow."
Knowing what to do during a tornado can save your life. FEMA provides detailed information on tornadoes and other disasters. Rod Brouhard, About.com Guide to First Aid, shares facts and tips to help you prepare for tornadoes, as well as what to do to survive a tornado.
Before Lightning Strikes...
When outside during a storm, take this advice from the American Red Cross:
- Go to a low-lying, open place away from trees, poles, or metal objects. Make sure the place you pick is not subject to flooding.
- Be a very small target! Squat low to the ground. Place your hands on your knees with your head between them. Make yourself the smallest target possible.
- Do not lie flat on the ground--this will make you a larger target.
Hundreds of thousands of shade and street trees in the United States are damaged by wind, ice and lightning each year, according to About.com Forestry Guide Steve Nix. Estimates of property value loss from tree storm damage can approach one billion dollars annually depending on the severity of the storm. Follow Nix's tips to help you quickly understand and prevent costly storm damage to trees.
Whether your home is old or new, it may not be able to withstand the fierce winds of a hurricane or tornado. Falling debris can shatter windows and strong wind can cause any weak places in the home to give way. Follow these storm-proofing tips from Jackie Craven, About.com Guide to Architecture.