Luckily here in Northeast Ohio we do not need to worry much about protecting our homes from hurricanes. But there are still many types of natural disasters that cause damage throughout Northeast Ohio each year. These include severe thunderstorms, hail, torrential rains, blizzards, high winds, and even the possible tornado.
Read on to get the best tips and how to be prepared for severe weather and keep your loved ones and your home safe.
Tree Health. Do you know the health of the trees in your yard? One lightning strike or high wind could take down an unhealthy tree. Depending on the location of the tree this could mean it landing on your cars, home, fence, neighbor’s property, or even worse..a person. Look for bare branches at the top of the tree, which might be a sign your tree is in poor shape. Also, take a look near the base. Are roots sprawled out at one side of the tree? That could be a sign your tree will eventually fall over. If you’re unsure, it may be worth hiring a professional to check it out.
Branches that hang over the roof can also cause big problems. As winds pick up and those branches scrape against the roof they could possibly loosen or remove shingles.
Debris. Yard debris and objects that are not anchored down such as patio umbrellas can become projectiles during severe weather. This can lead to broken windows and more.
Drainage. Clogged gutters and downspouts can cause flooding and possibly leaks during torrential downpours if cleaned out. Drainage systems that are loose and not fastened properly can also cause problems during severe weather.
Plan Ahead. Create a disaster kit for severe weather and have specified locations for your household members to meet during bad weather.
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