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It’s spring, and with that comes the potential for some pretty nasty weather. Did you know that the week of April 12-16, 2021 is National Severe Weather Awareness Week in Wisconsin? Well if you didn’t, now you know. Remember, you can’t stop all of the spring showers, but you can prepare your home and surroundings for thunderstorms, severe winds, tornados, and more.

Below are a few reminders to help get you ready for the rapidly changing weather:

Remove winter debris from your gutters, drains, and downspouts. This will help so that in the event of heavy rain, it can flow freely off of your roof. You’ll also want to make sure that the downspouts are secure and that water is draining well away from your home and not toward your foundation. If needed, you can add extensions as well.

Trim your trees so that they don’t snap off in a severe storm and land on your home or a nearby powerline

Check your sump pump and make sure that it is clean and operable. You’ll also want to make sure that it’s draining properly. If you want to go the extra mile you can even consider adding a battery-powered backup sump pump to keep the system working in the event the power goes out.

Store your outdoor gear and make sure that it’s secure if strong winds are in the forecast. This includes patio furniture and other yard items that might become dangerous projectiles and cause damage to your home. A great place to put these items is in your garage, or if you don’t have room there, in a storage shed.

Cover up. Make sure that if you have storm shutters on your home that you keep them closed and secure. You’ll also want to try and keep your blinds and shades closed in the event of severe storms and tape or tack down window coverings to help protect yourself from broken or flying glass. You can even go a step further and protect your vehicles that might be outside and exposed to the weather by tying thick blankets over the vehicle to diminish damage from hail.

Note that if power outages are also a common occurrence in your area make sure to prepare an emergency kit and keep it in a central location of your home that’s easily accessible. Common items in an emergency kit that are good to have on-hand are items like a flashlight, battery-operated radio, first aid supplies, at least a three-day supply of canned/dried food and water.

Once the storm has passed, contact your Spectrum Insurance agent to report any damage. We’re here to help, always.

Stay safe!