Summer Storm Preparedness: Keep Your New Home and Family Safe

Jun 17, 2024

Categories: Blog

Summer storms can be unpredictable and intense in South Carolina. They can bring heavy rain, high winds, and flooding to areas. Even sometimes these storms are upgraded to tropical storms or hurricanes. As a new homeowner, it's crucial to ensure your new construction home is prepared to withstand these natural events. Here's a comprehensive guide to help you get your home storm and hurricane ready this summer. 

Review & Update Your Insurance Coverage

Damage from these storms is not included in most new home warranty policies, including the Chesapeake Homes warranty policy. However, these damages are covered by homeowners' insurance. It is always a good idea to make sure you have enough coverage to repair in the event of a tropical storm, hurricane, or tornado that produce high winds. 

Secure or Store All Outdoor Items

During high windstorms, loose items can become dangerous projectiles. Make sure to store any outdoor furniture, grills, or decor items indoors or secure them to something stable. Trimming trees and shrubs to remove dead branches will also reduce the risk of falling limbs. 

Backup Power Supply

Power outages are common during storms and hurricanes. Having items such as a backup generator, flashlights with extra batteries, and battery packs for charging your electronics handy and ready to go will make sure essentials can still run or be charged. 

Prepare and Emergency Kit

Having an emergency kit can make a big difference if a storm hits. Stock up essentials including water, non-perishable food, medications, first aid supplies and important documents. Adding tools to your kit such as a multi-tool, duct tape, a battery-powered radio, and a fire extinguisher could also be beneficial. 

Stay Informed

Knowledge is power when it comes to storm preparedness. Following weather reports and keeping an eye on your local weather forecasts is crucial. You should also understand the types of storms that are likely to affect your area and prepare accordingly. 

By taking these steps, you can ensure your new construction home is well-prepared to handle the challenges of summer storms in South Carolina. Stay safe and protect your investment by being proactive and ready for whatever nature throws your way.