Tips to stay safe during storm season Posted in General, Home, Life Spring and summer months can produce volatile weather in the Midwest, including strong winds, hail, torrential rain, and tornadoes. This kind of weather has the potential to damage your most essential belongings. It’s important to follow these tips to help safeguard your home, vehicles, family and pets during stormy weather. Here are some easy steps you can take to ensure your physical assets are protected: Roof Inspection Have your roof inspected (preferably each spring) to keep water from creeping in and causing damage. Seal all windows and doors With heightened levels of precipitation during the spring and summer months it’s essential to shield windows and doors from water entering your home. Clear your yard of any debris Prevent items from being swept up during high-wind storms and causing detriment to your home. Clean gutters often Properly working gutters help control the flow of water, keeping your roof, foundation, interior and exterior of your home safe from damage. Keep a watchful eye on your sump pump Confirm it’s working correctly and have a battery back-up sump pump as a precaution. Inventory and document all items in your home If an unfortunate event were to occur, you can have peace of mind knowing your belongings are accounted for. Read more about why a home inventory is important. If possible, park your vehicle in a sheltered area This will help to shield your vehicle from hail and flying debris. Close car windows Keep the interior of your vehicles protected from rain, hail and flying debris. As essential as it is to safeguard your physical assets, it is just as crucial to ensure safety within your family. Designate a safe room or area in your home for your family to go to in case of a tornado This area should be underground, such as a basement, and away from windows. If a basement is not an option, the next best area is the inner-most room of your home with no windows. Put together an emergency kit Include food and water for at least three days, batteries, flashlights, blankets and a change of clothes. Have emergency details on hand Know the location of the nearest hospital and vet clinic, along with contact information. Set up to get weather alerts on your mobile device or via The Weather Channel website. Preparing your belongings and your family is essential this spring and summer season. Make sure your home and auto are fully protected for any scenario by giving your local independent agent a call today. Disclaimer: This article is for informational and suggestion purposes only. Implementing one or more of these suggestions does not guarantee coverage. If any policy coverage descriptions in this article conflict with the language in the policy, the language in the policy applies. For full details on Integrity’s home insurance coverages and discounts, contact your local, independent Integrity insurance agent. Share via: Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Related resources Slideshow: Preparing your home for Spring Posted in General, Home Spring is here! With warmer temps coming our way, review this checklist and make sure your home is safe and secure throughout this rainy season. Why you need a home inventory list Posted in General, Home In the event you experience a loss to your home, whether it be by fire, tornado, flood, burglary or other event, having a home inventory list can help ease your situation and provide peace of mind that any valuables lost will be replaced.