Is Your Home Vulnerable?
Regardless of where you live, it is a good idea to make certain that your home will give you as much protection as possible from anything harmful. Our houses or apartments are, in effect, our castles, and it is only in our own best interest to guarantee as much as possible that they will be able to protect us.
Hurricanes, Nor’easters, and thunderstorms can all cause severe and dangerous weather conditions. Thunderstorms, besides causing torrential rains at times, can also spawn tornadoes, probably the most dangerous of all storms. Making your home as secure as possible against damage from these storms will mean that you and your family will be safer and more comfortable.
Hurricanes and Nor’easters bring heavy rain or snow (in the case of the Nor’easter), high winds, storm surges, and wind-driven debris. Living on the East Coast or the Gulf Coast will make you susceptible to these storms and the damage they can cause. Checking your home for loose shingles and siding, then fixing these immediately can help spare your home a great deal of damage. The high winds accompanying these storms can use the access provided by damaged shingles to lift off most of the roof, and loose siding gives water a chance to enter your home. While you are up on the roof, check to make sure that your chimney is in good shape, too, and make any repairs necessary.
Storm shutters or storm panels can be purchased or made to provide protection for your windows in the event of a bad storm. Flying debris can easily destroy your windows unless you have protected them. Once your windows are breached, there will be no way to keep wind and rain out of your home.
In case of a situation where your home unfortunately has to be evacuated, it is important to prepare food and water for your family. Without a stove, it is also good to know how to prepare your food supply with what limited resources you may have. Shelter and sleeping is also another necessity to think about in case you have to wait to return home. You can never be to prepared for when a disaster hits.
A disaster or emergency often brings out the best in people – we have all seen pictures of people helping dig out the victims of an earthquake or helping to rescue people caught in a flood. Unfortunately, an emergency can also bring out the worst in some elements of our society. Every major upheaval is accompanied by looting, at the very least. There was quite a lot of looting going on in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and not all of it was for food.
If you have provided emergency rations and water for your family, you must realize that you might be vulnerable to a threat from other humans who will want your resources. The first line of defense will be to make your home as secure as possible. Your doors should all be fitted with a deadbolt lock, and make sure that the door jamb is sturdy enough to withstand a kick. The windows on your home should be locked at all times when there is an emergency situation.
Burglar alarms are fine, but if the electricity is out, the alarms will be useless. Probably the best alarm you can have is a dog. It does not have to be a large dog, a Pomeranian will give warning just as well as an English Mastiff. The thought here is not to necessarily have the dog fight the intruder, but just to let you know that someone is coming into the house.