With the last days of the year comes many things: holidays, time spent with family and loved ones, getting ready for a new year and a big change of weather. You’ve already prepared for the holidays, but are you prepared for the next snowstorm? Find out how to be prepared for a snowstorm, so that you, your family and your home stay safe this winter.
Simple Snowstorm Preparedness
The basic snowstorm preparedness that will help keep your loved ones and yourself safe starts with the following steps:
- Gather an emergency kit with supplies you and your family may need during a disaster. Keep the kit in an easy to access place in your home. If you already have an emergency kit, add the following snow-related items:
- salt to melt ice on walkways.
- Sand to sprinkle on the snow and improve your traction, in the event you need to walk through it.
- Good snow shovels and other snow removal equipment, in case you need to exit through a snow-blocked door.
- Heating fuel. If a snowstorm is strong enough, your regular fuel sources might be cut off. Make sure you have ample dry, seasoned wood to use in your fireplace.
- Clothing and blankets to keep you warm.
- Make an emergency communications plan. Listen to the news or stay up to date with local weather changes, that will give you plenty of time to prepare for a snowstorm. However, in the event that your family members aren’t together when a storm hits, it’s crucial for everyone to know how to get in touch with one another and where you should meet once the weather clears.
Preparing Your Home
Many things you can do to prepare your home and surroundings prior to a snowstorm, too, including:
- Clean up outside your home. bring everything you want to protect or need access to inside.
- Make sure your home will stay warm by properly insulating walls and caulking and weatherstripping doors and windows.
- Insulate your home’s pipes to avoid freeze and burst in cold weather.
- Clear gutters of debris regularly to avoid more damage.
- Have your chimneys Swiped and inspected every year to avoid the risk of chimney fire.
- Have your roof inspected by professional roofer to make sure it can handle the weight of wet snow this season. If it appears weak or structurally unsafe, have it fixed early to avoid future damage during a storm.
Even with the best precautions, it can be difficult to guard against all the causes of water damage in the home. If damage does occur because of plumbing leaks or water overflow, call on ServiceMaster DCS to act fast and restore your home back to normal. Our experts will analyze your damage and create a unique, comprehensive restoration plan to get your home up and running as soon as possible.