Preparing for Spring Storms

Preparing for Spring StormsSpring brings flowers, but the warmer weather also brings tornadoes, flooding and thunderstorms to much of the United States. With severe weather, it’s important to make sure you have a plan in place to protect your family, and your home before bad weather hits. By making a plan now, you can avoid some of the scrambling that happens when a storm is in the forecast. Here are three tips from Kiplinger you can use to now to make sure your home and family are ready for any storms that might occur this spring:

  1. Consider purchasing a generator
    Strong winds can knock out power lines and cause your home to lose electricity, meaning you lose access to your lights, refrigerator, heating and cooling, and other electronics. A generator can kick in when the power goes out to keep your essentials running for a limited time. Generators also keep your sump pump working, which can minimize your chances of flooding. Check with your insurance agent to see if you can get a discount on your homeowners’ insurance if you purchase a generator.
  2. Trim trees
    Trees can cause damage to your home if the whole tree or even a branch falls during a storm. Fallen tree branches can take out power lines, damage your roof, and break windows, along with being costly to clean up. Trim back any trees or shrubs that are close to your home, and use this time to clean out your gutters if you haven’t already.
  3. Make a disaster kit
    When disaster strikes, you want to be prepared. Assemble a disaster kit with first aid supplies, bottled water and non-perishable foods, batteries, flashlights, and a battery-operated radio. It’s also a good idea to upload your homeowners’ insurance policy, your home inventory, tax records and other important documents onto a portable thumb drive or to a safe place online so they are easily accessible.

What are you doing to prep your home for spring storms? If you’re looking for more ideas, here are 15 tips to prepare for spring storms and other dangerous weather. One of the most important ways you can begin to prepare for severe weather is to make sure your homeowners’ insurance policy is accurate and up to date. Schedule an appointment with your agent to review your policy for any gaps in coverage. To contact a AssuredPartners NL personal insurance agent, or for more information, visit: AssuredPartners NL Personal Insurance.

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