Growing up in Southern Georgia, I’ve seen my fair share of storms. The one I remember most vividly happened when I was eleven years old. I remember camping out in the basement with my mom and four siblings. She was worried sick about my dad who happened to be on his way home from work when the storm hit. Thank goodness he was okay, and the the only damage we suffered was one broken window and a torn apart roof. Ever since that day, we’ve been prepared for storms, even the winter storms. Here are a few key steps we implemented as a family.
1. Make a habit of checking the weather report
If the weather report says a major storm is coming in, prepare for it, even if some reports have been wrong in the past. Make plans to be at home or in an area where you can find safe shelter. If at all possible, avoid driving near the time the storm is supposed to hit. Try to make it home or to a safe place at least an hour before the suspected storm.
2. Keep extra blankets and snacks in the basement
If you have to camp out in your basement for a night, you’ll want to make sure it’s comfortable enough so you’re not tempted to run back upstairs for anything. If you have kids, having snacks available will be especially important.
3. Make plans for salting and snow removal.
Once you’ve braved the storm, the last thing you want is a lawsuit because the neighbor slipped on your sidewalk. You will also want to make sure that when you are finally able to venture out again, that you don’t get stuck in your driveway. Have plenty of salt available, and make plans to remove all ice or snow from your sidewalks and driveway as soon as possible.
4. Contact a roof contractor and get an estimate
In case you were to suffer a winter storm which caused so much damage that you need a new roof, you’ll want to have an idea of cost in mind, and you will probably want to feel comfortable with a specific contractor. Eagle Watch Roofing is a reliable provider of roofing repair and replacement. It’s not a bad idea to make this contact ahead of time to make sure you are able to find a roof contractor you trust. This takes a lot of stress off of you in the the event that you need a new roof because of a winter storm. Call your local roofing specialist today.