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As the saying goes, “Prepare for the worst, hope for the best.” When it comes to severe weather, this adage holds particularly true. Living in the Midwest, we’re no strangers to unpredictable spring weather, from fierce storms to strong winds that can wreak havoc on our properties. However, with a little foresight and preparation, we can minimize the risk of damage and keep our homes and vehicles safe. Here are some essential tips to help you weather the storms this spring.

Preparing for Severe Weather:

Inspect Your Roof

Start by inspecting your roof for any loose or damaged shingles. High winds can easily lift them, leading to leaks and structural damage. Repairing or replacing damaged shingles before the storm hits can prevent costly repairs later on.

Secure Outdoor Furniture and Décor

Strong winds can turn patio furniture and other outdoor décor into dangerous projectiles. Anchor or store these items indoors when severe weather is forecasted to prevent them from causing damage to your home or vehicles.

Trim Trees and Branches

Trim any overhanging branches or trees near your home that could potentially fall during a storm. Falling branches can damage roofs, windows, and vehicles, so it’s essential to keep them well-maintained.

Check Your Gutters and Downspouts

Ensure that your gutters are clear of debris to prevent water from backing up and causing water damage to your home’s foundation. Proper drainage is crucial during heavy rains to avoid flooding and erosion.

Create an Emergency Kit

Prepare an emergency kit with essential supplies, including food, water, flashlights, batteries, a first aid kit, and important documents. Store it in a designated location that is easily accessible during a storm.

Park your Vehicles Indoors or in a Covered Area

Whenever possible, park your vehicles indoors or in a covered area such as a garage or carport. This provides an extra layer of protection against hail, falling branches, and flying debris.

Avoid Parking Under Trees or Power Lines

During severe weather, avoid parking your vehicles under trees or near power lines, as these pose a significant risk of damage from falling branches or electrical hazards.

By taking proactive measures to prepare your property for severe weather in the spring, you can minimize the risk of damage to your home and vehicles. Remember to stay informed about weather forecasts and heed any warnings or advisories issued by local authorities. For the latest updates on weather forecasts and severe weather warnings in the Midwest, visit the National Weather Service website for the Illinois region at Stay informed and stay safe!