In addition, view USI’s Wildfire Preparedness Checklist for steps to take to prepare for a wildfire, and what to do (or not do) during and after it strikes.
As weather becomes more severe, storms leave incredible amounts of high standing water. To avoid home flooding, consider flood-proofing your windows and doors:
- Hurricane-proof windows — These windows are impact-rated and tested to withstand up to 10 feet of water and large debris collision. Fenex and MM Engineering offer windows that are impact-resistant and can withstand a substantial amount of water pressure.
- Hurricane-proof garage doors — Garage doors offered by Broten or Amarr can help protect your home against hurricanes, debris, tough rain, high winds, and internal and external pressure changes.
- Foundation vents — These provide an outlet for flood water and relieve pressure on your walls and windows. Consider options like the Smart Vent door, which remains closed until flood water is present. Rising flood water activates the internal floats, which unlatch and open the door.
- Sump pumps — These siphon flood water out of your basement. Consider one with a with backup battery, so that if you lose power, your pump will continue to work. The average sump pump costs approximately $1,200, with installation ranging from $600 to $1,500. Companies such as Roto-Rooter and Sump Pump Geeks are available to assist.