Preparing Your Home to Stand Against a Tornado
When you know that you are purchasing a home that
is in an area where tornados touch down, it is
important to know how you can ensure that your
home will make it through the tornado damage. It is
important to understand while also being realistic
about your ability to protect yourself.
If the tornado touches your home, you may not have
anything left. Often, there is no way to tell where the
tornado is going to go or how the tornado will move
once it has touched the ground and you do not want
to think that you are safe simply because of you
Preparing for tornado damage will ensure that your
home will make it through the strong winds, not
through the storm. Whether or not your home makes it through the storm is often left to fate and
it is important to remember this when you are trying to stay safe through the storm.
Keeping the Roof On
First, you should be sure that you are wise about keeping your roof on your home. When there
are strong winds blowing through your area, you may not realize that it is very common for roofs
to start blowing off and this can be very dangerous if you are inside.
When the wind starts to pick up speed, it will develop lift which can push your roof right off of
your home. Taking time to tie down your roof and ensure that it is not going to fly off is a great
solution if you are not prepared when you see that the storm is coming.
Storm straps are sold to help people strap their roof to their home. If you are going to use storm
straps, you should know how to install them quickly and you want to make sure that you are
working with storm straps that have been designed to make it through a storm.
Benefits of Preparing with Time
If you are preparing early for the storm, you may have
time to use hurricane flips. The galvanized-steel
hurricane clips will ensure that your home is protected up
to a specific uplift and you will want to talk with a local
professional about the strength that you will need.
When installing the storm clips, it is important that they are installed properly and securely. This
way, you can be sure that you are not going to lose your roof in the middle of the storm while
you are trying to stay safe in your home.
Not only would you be put in a dangerous situation after becoming exposed to the elements
when the roof blows off, but your roof can also do some serious damage. Depending on where it
lands or how it is carried in the wind, your roof could seriously injure or kill someone.
Taking time to develop your defensive plan for a tornado is important. Take the time that you
need to ensure that your home is properly protected so that you can feel safe if you have to take
refuge in your home.
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