High winds, heavy rain, hail, thunderstorms, and snow storms can develop quickly and hit hard, posing a threat to life and property. Since the weather cannot be changed the problems cannot be prevented, however, some damage can be avoided or reduced if you take some simple precautions.
Winterize your home by insulating walls and attics, weather-stripping doors and windows, clearing rain gutters and removing tree branches that could fall during strong winds.
Inspect your chimney or flue to help prevent structural fires and ensure smoke, carbon monoxide and other potentially harmful gases are properly vented.
Fireplaces, wood stoves, barbecues and camp stoves can be used for emergency cooking, just don’t use the last two indoors due to the risk of carbon monoxide build-up.
Consider a home generator during extended power outages, as long as it’s used in accordance with manufacturer’s guidelines and never operated indoors.
Stow flashlights around the house and remember to have extra batteries on hand in case of power failure (section 1.2.3). Other safe lighting options include glow sticks, crank-flashlights, headlamps and battery-operated lanterns.
Have a battery-operated radio and listen to your local station for warnings, advice and instructions.