Shelter from the Storm

Is your home ready for extreme weather? Taking proactive steps to prepare your home for severe weather before it hits can help minimize damage to your home and even more importantly help protect your family.

Severe weather could include everything from hail, tornados and floods to winter storms, thunderstorms and high winds. No matter your location, take time now to prepare your home and family for whatever Mother Nature might deliver.

Storm Strategy Create a written storm strategy or safety plan for your home and share it with your family. Make sure everyone understands what to do in case of an emergency and where to go if you’re not together when severe weather hits.

Prep Your home Before bad weather approaches, tend to the maintenance needs of winterizing your home. It may seem like a hassle, but winterizing your home now can save you money on costly last-minute repairs down the road. Here are some home maintenance tips to get your home ready for winter and severe weather.

  • Clean Your Gutters- Don’t put this one off! Cleaning the gutters is not a one-time chore. This type of home maintenance needs to be done on a regular basis during the fall and winter months. Neglecting this maintenance to-do can result in blockages that have the potential to cause severe damage and leaks.
  • Make Room- Winter weather brings jackets, hats, boots and gloves. You’ll need a dry space in your home to both remove wet and dirty clothes when you enter the house and to add warm layers when you prepare to face the cold outdoors. Several KB Home community floor plans feature mudrooms as an option, but if you don’t have a mudroom in your home simply make some space in your entry way.
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  • Fix the Draft- According to the U.S. Department of Energy, sealing drafts can save you 5% to 30% off energy costs per year. Be sure to add insulation to doors and windows as needed. If you discover a draft coming into your home, one easy fix is to create a DIY draft stopper and place it on a window sill or under a drafty door to prevent cold air from seeping into your home. You can even make draft stoppers using fun patterns that will coordinate with your home décor.
  • Bring on the Heat- Severe weather often causes a power failure. You need to be prepared to stay warm if this should happen. If you have a fireplace, make sure that you have done the proper maintenance to have it cleaned before winter to avoid any fire hazards. Keep extra blankets, sleeping bags and warm winter coats readily available.  When the power is working, be sure to use these tips to keep your home warm this winter and minimize your energy bills!
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Supply Kit Lastly, have household emergency supplies available in your home. Make sure to include items for communication, like a fully charged cell phone with a portable charger and a battery powered radio to capture weather broadcasts and news updates. Other items to include are food, water, candles, matches, flashlights and extra batteries.

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Have you done the necessary home maintenance to prepare your home for severe weather?