Quick guide to protect your home from high winds Posted in Home High winds and driving rain are the two most common sources of damage during windstorms, hurricanes and tornadoes. When a storm threatens your area: Secure any objects outside your house that may become flying debris in heavy winds. Watch or listen to local weather reports for updates, evacuation orders and shelter information. Evacuate as early as possible, especially if your area is flood-prone. If you stay in your house during the storm, find a sheltered area away from doors, windows and any glass items. Move your family emergency kit to an accessible area of your home and educate all family members about what’s inside. Place any valuables, jewelry and important documents in a safe location. Lower levels will flood first and cause extensive damages. If possible, relocate personal belongings and valuables to higher levels. After the storm, protect your property Once it’s safe, assess any damage to your home. If a storm has damaged the outside of your home or exposed any part of the interior, take steps to protect it from more damage. This may mean making temporary repairs until a professional can help. Your safety is most important. Please do not attempt potentially dangerous repairs. Report a homeowner claim Report a homeowner claim once you’ve safely secured your home from more damage. Know someone who would find this information helpful? Share via: Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Google + Related resources Video: New ways to cut costs on homeowners insurance Posted in Home Increasingly severe weather events have driven up the costs of homeowners insurance. Learn about new options available that help bring down insurance rates while maintaining a high standard of coverage. Include these items in your disaster emergency kit Posted in Home, Life Nothing can be done to prevent or control natural disasters and other catastrophes once they happen. What you can control is being ready by thinking ahead - and assembling these items.