Here are a few things you can do now to be ready:
- Clean gutters and downspouts twice a year. Failure to maintain gutters, downspouts, and outlets can lead to significant damage to your home when it rains.
- Check your property’s drainage system. This is especially important on commercial properties that have multiple catch basins or other drainage structures that require regular maintenance. A clogged system can cause property flooding.
- If you own a sump pump, test it before a storm.
- Build a family emergency kit. Keep enough water, food and other supplies (flashlights, crank or battery-operated radio, blankets) in your home to meet your needs for at least three days. Kits for winter car travel are also recommended.
- Have a family disaster plan.
- Check to see if your homeowner’s insurance covers flood or other storm-related damage.
- Protect water pipes from freezing in exposed or unheated areas (attics, basements and garages) by wrapping with tape and insulating materials.
Visit takewinterbystorm.org for more tips on how to prepare for winter storms.