Trim your trees
Broken limbs can put a hole in your roof and break windows, causing more damage inside your home.
Know how to turn off utilities
Tornadoes can knock out electricity and cause gas and water leaks. Know where to shut off utilities outside and consider installing a home lightning surge protector.
Avoid creating more flying objects
Use mulch in landscaping instead of rocks or gravel. Tie down sheds, patio furniture, toys, and grills, or move them indoors when not in use.
Strengthen the weak spots
High winds can damage garage doors allowing air to rush in. Flying debris can break windows. And large hail can beat-up an air-conditioner. Consider reinforcing garage doors, installing storm shutters on windows, and adding hail screens on outdoor AC units.
Check gutters and down spouts
Make sure all gutter fasteners are tight. If you live in a hail prone area, consider upgrading your gutters to steel, which is more durable than vinyl or aluminum.
Keep your roof in good shape
As shingles age, they are more likely to lift or let water in your home. When it’s time to replace your roof, use impact resistant shingles and make sure they are installed properly.
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- For tips to protect your family before, during, and after the storm, visit Ready.gov and TexasReady.gov.
- For more insurance tips, visit our before the storm page.