To protect your home from the dangers associated with the various types of severe weather, consider taking some of the following measures before severe storms strike:
- Securely anchoring manufactured homes to concrete foundations.
- Installing backflow valves in waste lines to prevent contamination.
- Removing old shingles and adding more nails to roof boards.
- Elevating utilities such as fuse boxes, heating and ventilating equipment above known flood levels.
- Building a safe room.
Professional contractors should be retained for major projects and those requiring electrical or plumbing expertise. Preventive actions can range in cost from a few dollars to a few thousand, but every dollar spent can make a difference in protecting a home from disaster.
Some 90 percent of all presidentially declared disasters are weather related, leading to around 500 deaths per year and nearly $14 billion in damage. Each year, Americans cope with an average of 10,000 thunderstorms, 2,500 floods, 1,000 tornadoes, as well as an average of 6 deadly hurricanes. In 2002, 49 national major disasters were declared, inflicting more than $1.15 billion in damage to homes and businesses across the country.
Have a safe and Healthy spring