Every year disasters from one form or another strike some part of the United States, often resulting in widespread destruction.  While it is not possible to control when or where a natural disaster will strike, it is possible to be as prepared as you can be ahead of time.  It is very important to have an emergency go kit if you have to leave your home quickly.  Its also very important to have a plan of action that the entire household is familiar with.  In this article, however, we are going to focus a little more on what can be done on your property ahead of time to minimize dangers associated with natural disasters.
 
Think about ways your home would be affected during a natural disaster.  For example, in a storm you are likely to experience roof damage and falling tree limbs.  It’s a good idea to inspect the roof and make sure there are no loose shingles.  What condition are gutters and downspouts in?  Are they clear of debris?  If you have a chimney, does it need any repair work performed on it?  Trees should be trimmed back so that they would be unable to fall and damage power lines or roofs.  Remember, if there are loose objects on or around the home, they could become very dangerous in a storm with high winds.
 
Another way to prepare yourself for a natural disaster is to know where and how to turn off your home’s utilities such as gas, electricity and water.  These can become hazardous if the home or surrounding area is compromised in any way. 
 
While this is just a few of the many ways to prepare for an emergency situation, it highlights the need for advanced preparation.  Why not check through your home and make a list of areas that might become a potential hazard in a disaster.  Sit down with the family and discuss ways you can all be better prepared. 

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