Is Your Home Prepared for a Storm?

July 24th, 2015

A Recent Study Examines Connecticut Residents’ Perceptions of Hurricanes

Hurricane Sandy

Have you ever found yourself unprepared at the cusp of a threatening storm? A recent study by Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies examined coastal Connecticut residents’ perceptions of hurricanes and suggested that, in general, they underestimate the impact of storms.

The study also found that about one third of coastal Connecticut residents said they believed it would be safer to stay home during a Category 2 hurricane, and only about 22% evacuated during Hurricane Sandy.

Here at Window World of Connecticut, our customers’ safety is always top of mind. In the event of a hurricane, or even a severe thunderstorm, we want to help you ensure that your home is prepared to handle any type of weather that comes its way. Whether you intend to ride out the storm at home, or elsewhere, it’s crucial to prepare your house and the people living in it.

3 Ways to Ensure Your Home is Equipped for Storms

1. Assess your risks.

 
It’s important to know if your land is prone to flooding, understand your home’s level of vulnerability and know if you live in an evacuation area to adequately prepare for a storm.

2. Create an emergency plan.

 
Prepare an emergency kit complete with flashlights, batteries, candles, non-perishable foods and other items you might need during an emergency, should you find yourself in the midst of a storm. It’s also smart to create an emergency communication and evacuation plan with your family to ensure everyone is prepared in the event of an emergency.

3. Check the condition of windows, doors and siding.

 
These three assets make up the exterior of your home and play an integral role in protecting the interior. It’s imperative that your windows, doors and siding — whether vinyl, brick or wood — are in good, functioning condition. Window World of Connecticut offers a variety of home improvement products that are designed to not only protect your home year-round, but also add a beautiful aesthetic appeal. Not to mention, our 4000 Series Reinforced Vinyl Siding has been tested to withstand conditions associated with a Category 5 hurricane. If you find that the exterior of your home is worn or nonfunctional, make sure to replace anything that needs to be replaced promptly.

Remember, these are just a few ways to get started with preparing your home for a hurricane or severe storm. There are many other steps to ensuring that your home, and your family, stay safe through any type of weather that comes your way.

Contact Window World of Connecticut

Would you like to proactively ensure your home is prepared for a storm by replacing your windows, doors or siding? Contact the experienced professionals at Window World of Connecticut today to learn more about how our products can improve the safety and functionality of your home, or schedule a free in-home estimate to get started!


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