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Tornado Safety: Protect Your Property From a Tornado

Protect Your Property From a Tornado

 

Tornadoes Can Cause Massive Damage

Tornadoes can actually cause substantial damage to both coastal and inland properties. You need to check that be sure to have homeowners or renter’s insurance. More importantly, read the exclusions of your home or rental insurance policy to see if tornado damage is included. You will very often find that this is not the case and you will need to organize some separate insurance against tornado damage. In the meantime, what can you do to minimize the damage caused by the tornado?

Tornadoes can actually cause substantial damage to both coastal and inland properties. Flooding is one of the major problems associated with a coastal storm that produces a tornado, so it’s important to check that your property is covered with flood insurance.

You need to check that be sure to have homeowners or renter’s insurance. More importantly, read the exclusions of your home or rental insurance policy to see if tornado damage is included. You will very often find that this is not the case and you will need to organize some separate insurance against tornado damage, but meantime, what can you do to minimize the damage caused by the tornado?

Consider purchasing the following to help keep your property safe during a tornado:

Adhesive & Repairs

T-REX Ferociously Strong Duct Tape

9.4

This tape is made with UV resistant materials that block harsh UV rays from weakening the tape adhesive, and can be used both indoors and outdoors on various surfaces such as brick, concrete, shingles, painted and non-painted wood, and vinyl siding.

Protection

Frost King P1025/6W Polyethylene Sheeting

9.2

The packaged plastic sheet has a wide range of uses in and around the home, garden, and garage. It can be used to cover and protect furniture, appliances, and equipment from dust, dirt, and moisture.

Tool Kit

Yougfin Tool Set, 38-Piece General Household Basic Hand Tools Kit

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The Yougfin 38-piece tool set is forged from high hardness steel, providing excellent sturdiness and durability. Coated with a chrome plated finish, it improves glossiness and corrosion resistance, meeting or exceeding ANSI critical standards.

 

Tornado Damage Mitigation

If you’ve been notified that a tornado-producing storm is headed your way, there are some things you can do to help prevent damage to your home or property.

  • Cover all of the windows in your property with hurricane shutters or cut some 5/8″ ply ready to install it in a hurry. This will help to protect your windows from the high winds.
  • Bring in any outdoor furniture, fixtures and fittings, garbage cans, etc. Whatever isn’t fastened down should be brought inside.
  • Make sure that all of the trees and shrubs close to your property are kept neatly trimmed to make them more wind resistant.
  • Turn off all of the utilities in your property as instructed. It is handy to turn the refrigerator to the coldest setting and keep the door firmly closed for the majority of the time to maintain the cool temperature. An emergency shut-off tool is helpful for this.
  • Turn off any propane tanks which you may have.
  • Have an emergency generator installed as power is often lost for a substantial amount of time during and after a tornado.
  • Have your garage doors reinforced. If the wind manages to get into the garage, it can cause very dangerous and expensive damage to your property. Consider putting weather stripping in exposed areas to prevent water coming in.
  • Don’t forget to keep your larders well-stocked with non-perishable foods. You never know how long it will be before “normal services” are resumed.
  • Make sure that you have plenty of water available. Fill up bathtubs and any other large containers. You will need water to drink, as well as lots of water for flushing the toilet, washing, and other sanitary purposes.
  • Stay informed. A tornado watch means that there is the chance of a tornado touching down in your area. A tornado warning, however, means that a tornado is expected to touch down in your area. If the local authorities tell you to get out, evacuate immediately.
Safety Item

Eton FRX3+ Emergency NOAA Weather Radio

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This emergency radio is designed to be used during disasters and emergencies. It has several features, including a rechargeable battery, a solar panel, and a hand turbine power generator.

Home Safety

SentrySafe Fireproof and Waterproof Safe Box

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The SentrySafe safe features a flush-mounted design that is both waterproof and fire-resistant, ensuring long-lasting use and protection for your valuable items. It also comes equipped with a privacy key lock

Home Safety

Weather Stripping Door Seal (33 Feet)

8.4

This product is an extra-long window insulation tape that comes in two widths: 1 inch and 1.4 inches, with a total length of 33 feet, which is enough to seal gaps around your doors and windows. It is made from high-grade silicone, which is flexible, durable, and easily cut as needed.