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Prepping Your Home for Severe Weather in Kansas City

As we transition from the vibrant blooms of spring to the warm embrace of summer, Kansas City residents know that this season brings more than just barbecues and baseball—it's also the start of severe weather season. Recently, our community felt the impact of a tornado touchdown, reminding us of the importance of being prepared. As your dedicated real estate professional, I'm here to guide you through some essential steps to protect your home and loved ones from unpredictable weather.

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Prepping Your Home for Severe Weather in Kansas City

Beth Cree

Beth’s focus with her clients is to serve with integrity and professionalism...

Beth’s focus with her clients is to serve with integrity and professionalism...

Apr 24 4 minutes read

Understand The Risks

In our area, severe weather can include thunderstorms, heavy rain, flooding, and tornadoes. Each of these poses a unique set of challenges:

  • Thunderstorms can bring lightning, hail, and strong winds.
  • Heavy rains can cause flash flooding, especially in low-lying areas.
  • Tornadoes, as we've recently experienced, can cause extensive damage in a very short time.

Essential Safety Measures

Here’s how you can prepare your home to face these natural challenges effectively:

1. Create an Emergency Kit

Ensure you have a well-stocked emergency kit that includes:

  • Flashlights and extra batteries
  • First Aid supplies
  • A battery-operated radio to stay updated with weather alerts
  • Non-perishable food items and water for several days
  • Essential medications

2. Secure Your Home

Take some time to:

  • Inspect your roof and windows for any needed repairs that could prevent water damage.
  • Clear your gutters and downspouts to prevent water buildup and potential flooding.
  • Trim trees and shrubs around your property to minimize the risk of branches breaking and causing damage.

3. Develop a Communication Plan

Communicate with your family about what to do in case of an emergency. Identify:

  • A safe room in your home, preferably a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor, away from windows.
  • Emergency contact numbers, including local authorities and a designated family contact outside the area.

4. Stay Informed

Always stay informed about the latest weather updates. Consider:

  • Signing up for local alerts on your phone or email.
  • Keeping a weather radio handy during severe weather alerts.

Insurance Review

It's also a good time to review your homeowner's insurance policy to ensure it covers the types of damage that might occur during severe weather. If you're unsure about your coverage, feel free to reach out. I can connect you with trusted insurance professionals in our community.

Community Resources

Kansas City has several resources to help residents during severe weather, including community shelters and emergency services. Familiarize yourself with these before you need them.

As your real estate agent, my priority is not just helping you find the perfect home but ensuring it remains a safe haven for you and your family. If you have any concerns or need assistance in preparing your home for the season, don't hesitate to contact me. Let’s keep our homes and community safe this season!

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