Menards reminds’s always a good idea to prepare your home and family for a big summer storm before it happens. Better to be safe than sorry.

Build an emergency kit
 Include a few days’ worth of clothing for the entire family, non-perishable foods, drinking water, first aid kit, bathroom/hygiene and baby/pet supplies, cash, blankets, flashlight, matches or candles
 Work gloves, duct tape and small tools are also good to keep around
 Develop and practice an emergency plan with your family - Pick a safe place to gather away from windows, skylights and glass doors
 Keep a portable TV or radio on hand to monitor weather updates
 Don’t forget extra batteries
 Make sure cell phones are charged
 Have an alternate cooking method in case of power outages such as a charcoal or propane grill

Courtesy - Menards
Courtesy - Menards

Prepare your home
 Reinforce windows with storm shutters
 Keep sheets of plywood or tarps to cover broken windows or damage
 Clean gutters to prevent clogging as this can cause water to pour down the side of the house or under the roof
 Waterproof your home by checking for cracks and inspecting tiles and shingles and seal your vents to prevent wind or rain damage
 Make sure vents are sealed to prevent wind and rain from entering
 A battery operated backup sump pump is also a good idea
 Keep expensive or valuable items off the ground in case of flooding

Prepare your yard
 Trim your trees as falling branches and debris can cause a lot of damage
 Ensure that your yard slopes away from your home as this can prevent water pooling and causing damage to the foundation
 Secure outdoor items such as patio furniture in case of strong winds

It's summer time in Iowa, you never know when a strong thunderstorm or even worse a tornado is going to pop up, utilize these tips to keep your family safe.

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