September 15, 2015 2:01 am
1. Secure any parts of a fence that appear weakened or loose.
2. Trim trees and shrubbery away from structures and remove any weakened sections of trees that might easily break off and fall onto structures.
3. When a storm is approaching, move lawn furniture, toys, potted plants, garden tools and other yard objects inside. Anchor heavier yard objects deep into the ground.
4. If you have shutters, closely monitor local weather conditions and make sure you have enough time to deploy them if high winds are predicted to hit your area.
5. Check doors, windows and walls for openings where water can get in. Use silicone caulk to seal any cracks, gaps or holes, especially around openings where cables or pipes enter the house.
6. Place all appliances that are on the ground floor, including stoves, washers and dryers, on masonry blocks or concrete.
7. Move furniture and electronic devices off the floor, particularly in basements and on the first floor level.
8. Roll up area rugs and get them off the floor to reduce the chance they will become wet and grow mold or mildew. This is particularly important if the property will be left unattended for an extended period of time, and if long-term power outages are a possibility.
9. Inspect sump pumps and drains to ensure proper operation. If a sump pump has a battery backup, make sure the batteries are fresh.
10. Shut off electrical service at the main breaker if the electrical system and outlets could possibly be under water.
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