Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Protect Your Home from Spring Storm Damages

By: Edward L. Blais, JD, CIC

The arrival of spring means that it is time to prepare for season-related weather such as thunderstorms and tornadoes. Last year, severe spring weather caused over 10 billion dollars worth of property damage.  As we begin to transition into the new season, Blais Insurance would like to take this opportunity to provide information that can help safeguard your property from damage.

The best way to avoid weather damage is to prepare. Your roof is one of the first parts of your home that should be attended to. In the event of severe weather, here are some tips designed to keep roof damage minimal:
  •      Have your roof inspected by a certified professional and make any repairs that are recommended.
  •       If you live in an area susceptible to hailstorms, ask about obtaining a higher impact resistance rating.
  •       If you discover any holes or other abnormalities, have them sealed or replaced immediately.

In the event of a storm, personal safety should be your number one priority. Review your community’s evacuation procedure and assemble an emergency supply kit in case you lose power. If you must move to a safer location, do so in an orderly fashion. If you cannot move, relocate your family to the basement or lowest level possible. Regardless of the type of severe weather, make sure you keep away from windows, doors and outside walls.

When preparing for severe weather this spring, remember that it can prove costly if you are not prepared. Blais Insurance can work with you to make sure your largest investment is protected.  To find out more, we encourage you to call us at 401-725-0070 or visit www.blaisinsurance.com.

*For additional information about emergency evacuations and supply kits, please visit www.redcross.org.