Prepare your home for rain

Prepare your home for rain

You can’t stop showers, but you can prepare your home and surroundings for thunderstorms, severe winds and more.

Let it flow. Remove winter’s debris from your gutters, drains, and downspouts so that heavy rains can flow freely off your roof. Be sure that downspouts are secure and that water is draining well away from your home and not toward your foundation — add extensions if necessary.

Trim the trees. Prune lanky limbs and branches so they don’t snap off in a windstorm and land on your home or a power line.

Check the pump. If your home has a sump pump, test it to make sure it’s clean and operable and that the outflow is draining properly. Consider adding a battery-powered backup sump pump to keep the system working if the power goes out. Furthermore, an automatic standby generator can ensure your sump pump and other electrical systems continue to run during power outages.

Stow your gear. When strong winds are forecast, secure patio furniture, and other yard items or put them in your garage or a shed so they don’t become dangerous projectiles.

If power outages are common in your area, prepare an emergency kit and keep it in a central location in your home.

Basic supplies should include:

  • Flashlight and fresh batteries
  • Battery or solar-powered weather radio and/or transistor radio
  • First-aid supplies
  • Hand sanitizer or wipes
  • Three-day supply of canned or dried food and water

The Federal Emergency Management Agency offers lists of additional emergency supplies and other preparedness tips on its site.

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  • That’s a good idea to trim the trees so branches don’t break from the wind. My brother has a lot of trees in his backyard, and he has been having a lot of storms in his area recently. I should recommend that he looks into getting them trimmed so he doesn’t have to worry about damaging his house.

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