How to prepare for weather events
Residents of the Southeast should prepare for flooding, hurricanes, and freezing temperatures.
Homes in the Southeast often have water pipes in vulnerable locations. If the temperature drops to 20 degrees Fahrenheit or lower, you should protect your water pipes from freezing7 — and potentially bursting — by letting cold water drip through the inside faucet.
Hurricane season8 in the Southeast is from June 1 through November 30. During high winds, you'll probably need to act in a hurry. By having a plan in place before disaster strikes, you can better protect your home. (See below list.)
How to protect your home before a hurricane
If you need to evacuate during a hurricane or flood, you can take the following steps ahead of time to keep your home protected.
- Store all loose items you keep outside, like a grill, potted plants, or bicycles, inside. (You don't want saltwater to ruin your items in the event of a storm surge. And during heavy winds, some items can become projectiles, potentially damaging your home or other people's homes.)
- Make sure nothing is blocking the storm drains so that water doesn't flood your home.
- Put sandbags around doors, windows, and garage doors.
- Close all interior doors.
- Put plywood over windows.
- Unplug appliances and move portable appliances off the ground or on a second floor since water can ruin them.
- Turn off the power by setting the circuit breaker's main switch to "off."
- Turn off the main water valve, located on the water meter.
With proper planning, you can rest easy knowing you've taken the right precautions to protect your family and your home in the event of severe weather.