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Moving Tips: Storm preparation methods

Boarding up your home before a hurricane may be necessary.

Boarding up your home before a hurricane may be necessary.

If you moved to a new area and are not used to the different weather patterns, it is important to get a crash course. Not only did your packing process likely involve clothes that you are not used to having around, but your home will also need to be properly prepared. By taking the right precautions you could not only save your home from significant damage, but you can also ensure that your family is safe.

If the new area that is prone to hurricanes, it is important to board up your windows if there is one of these storms approaching. Doing this will prevent your windows from being blown out, and it will also help keep rainwater and debris from entering the interior. Additionally, if you have items in your yard that can be thrown around by a storm - specifically a hurricane or tornado - it is important to bring these inside when you learn there is something coming, but only if it is safe to do so. These can be vital to do, especially if you aren't used to the volatile weather conditions.

Some areas are prone to blizzards, or significant amounts of snow over a short period of time. It is important to make sure that your home's foundation is clear of the snow, as melting snow and ice could damage the home. Additionally, this could increase the chance of your home being flooded, or the foundation being damaged.

You need to take measures to stay safe in any weather conditions. If your area has tornadoes, make sure that there is a designated safe room in the home. While a basement is best, a bathtub can also be a viable option. For blizzards, you should remain inside and avoid driving, while you should leave your home if a major hurricane is going to hit.