Disasters do not start when a hailstorm shatters windows or a tree is knocked onto a roof. They start when homeowners neglect to prepare and instead take the risk of trusting mother nature. You can never be too safe when it comes to natural disasters as regardless of how accurate modern meteorology is, there is always some room for error.
While we cannot predict or prevent natural disasters we can do our best to minimize the damage they can do to our homes. And when you consider just how much damage natural disasters are capable of on an annual basis, prepping for natural disasters may just become a higher priority. On an annual basis, wildfires cause around $800 million worth of damage, hurricanes cause $1.9 billion worth, and snowstorms a whopping $2.1 billion.
This is a lot of money and while a large chunk of it is inevitably going to be lost to the elements, there are still some steps homeowners can take to keep the damage to a minimum. The effectiveness of your countermeasures will depend to some extent on the natural disaster, location, and your home’s structure. You can rest assured, however, that if you take precautions you’ll have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you did everything you could to protect your home and family.