10. Before winter sets in consider freeze-protection for water piping and exterior faucets.
9. In wildfire-prone areas, remove fine fuels like dead grass and leaves, along with coarse fuels, like dead twigs and branches within 30 feet of a building to create a survivable space in case of wildfire. Be sure to remove dry leaf and pine litter from roofs, rain gutters, decks and walkways.
8. Use surge protectors or surge protective devices in your home to protect electronic appliances from all but the most severe electrical surges or direct strikes.
7. Consider building or retrofitting to create a tornado safe room in your home. Follow ICC/NSSA 500 Standard for detailed construction information and to ensure you achieve the highest level of protection for your family.
6. Secure lawn furniture and any other loose outdoor items that can become windborne and can cause injury or damage during storms with high winds. Don’t forget trash cans, grills, toys and potted plants.
5. If you live in a high wind or hurricane prone area and do not have tested and code approved shutters for protection from windborne debris, consider temporarily protecting your doors and windows by mounting exterior grade, 7/16" minimum thickness plywood and fastening it into place.
4. Flooded roads could have significant damage hidden by floodwaters. Never drive through floodwaters or on flooded roads and do not attempt to cross a flowing stream. It takes only six inches of fast flowing water to sweep you off your feet and two feet of water to move an SUV-sized vehicle.
3. Stay tuned to radio, TV and NOAA Weather Radio for official updates and critical lifesaving weather information. Remember, reception is usually best if placed near a window.
2. Create a disaster supply kit that will allow you to remain in your home after a disaster or for use after evacuating to a safer location. Be sure the necessities in your kit are fresh and restored as necessary.
1. Develop a family action plan and share with everyone in your family, so you will know where to go if an evacuation is called. Review at least two exit routes from your home or neighborhood to a designated meeting place for your family. Plan ahead for your pets as many shelters will not accept them.
With both wildfire and tornado season in full swing and hurricane season right around the corner, significant portions of the country could find themselves in the path of a destructive natural disaster at any time, anywhere.
The biggest factor in preventing losses, damage or serious injury is to be prepared.
In light of May being Building Safety Month, experts at the International Code Council (ICC) put forth a list of 10 important tips to remember for disaster safety and mitigation.
Take note of their 10 natural disaster safety tips in the slideshow above.
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