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Preparing and strengthening your home can not only protect your property during disasters — it can also add value to your home. In addition to the basic emergency preparedness steps of being informed, creating a family emergency plan, and assembling an emergency kit, you can take steps to prepare your home.
Winter Weather & Extreme Cold
Prepare for Flooding Hazards
Ensure that items stored in your basement are elevated to prevent damage. If you have a sump pump, check that it is working.
Prepare for Wind Hazards
If damaging winds are expected during a tropical storm, hurricane, or coastal storm, cover all of your home’s windows with either storm shutters or temporary plywood covers.
Prepare for Winter Weather & Extreme Cold
Check that you have enough heating fuel and consider safe backup heating options like fireplaces or wood stoves in case you lose electricity.
Property insurance can provide you with coverage in case you have losses from an emergency or disaster.