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Prepare Your Home for Inclement Weather

REMAX in the know PREPARE YOUR HOME FOR NCLEMENT WEATHER Extreme Weather Damage Costs $38.7 BILLION Total number of U.S. residents affected by natural disasters in 2012 Extreme weather in the U.S. caused approximately $38.7 billion in combined property and crop damages in 2012. $21.7 billion = 1,000 people Coastal Storm, Tsunami, Rip Current Up to 76,000 $11.3 billion Drought, Dust Storm, Dust Devil, Rain, Fog, High Wind, Waterspout, Fire Weather, Mud Slide, Volcanic Ash, Miscellaneous Estimated insured $4.5 billion U.S. property Lightening, Tornado, Thunderstorm, Wind, Hail losses on the rise $500 million Flash Flood, River Flood $250 million Cold, Heat $205 million Winterstorm, Ice, Avalanche $171 million Tropical Storm, Hurricane 2009 2010 2011 2012 1 square = $100 million Top 10 States at Risk for Disaster Total cost of property losses Disasters can happen at any time and anywhere. But some places experience more than their fair share of floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, winter storms and severe weather. Where have these damaging events occurred most frequently and severely? Kiplingers has identified the ten states that have suffered the biggest property losses from disasters over the past decade. Most disaster-prone state Louisiana $32.2 $31.4 Louisiana has the Florida unfortunate distinction of being the most disaster-prone state in the nation, largely because of * Hurricane 2$ $4 24 %$4 24 Katrina, which was the costliest disaster in U.S. history. 2$ 24 Texas Many of Katrina's victims 24 $24.9 discovered they didn't have enough insurance to cover the damage from the August 2005 hurricane. Make sure you have 2$ %24 2$ 2$ enough coverage before storm season strikes. 2$ Alabama $17.9 Mississippi 2$ $15 2$ 2$ 2$ 2$ Figures in billions of dollars = $1 billion 2$ 24 24 $4 24 Tennessee 24 2$ 2$ $7 Missouri Oklahoma Ohio 2$ $6.2 $6 %$4 2$ %24 2$ $5.2 2$ Illinois $ 2$ $4.2 2$ 2$ 2$ 2$ 2$ 2$ $. $. Prepare Your Home For Catastrophe Address your home's vulnerabilities Homeowners often feel helpless against destructive weather. But there are storm-specific home improvement strategies that can lower the risk of your home being damaged. In the case of hurricanes, for instance, you can mount storm shutters, build a safe room or install hurricane straps to help keep your roof in place when fierce winds blow. In many instances, preparing against one threat can protect you from others as well. Ensure that both the new roof covering and the sheathing it attaches to will resist high winds Install impact-resistent window systems or shutters that close over window openings Clean out gutters and downspouts Secure large objects like bookcases and refrigerators to Trim back trees and shrubs floor or walls Fuel and maintain family vehicles Entry doors should have at least three hinges and bolt security lock at least one inch long Turn off utilities, propane tanks, and unplug small appliances Buy non-perishable food and bottled water Check your sump pump to make sure it is in proper working order Make a Disaster Preparedness Plan Communicate with your family Everyone needs to be prepared for the unexpected. You, as well as your family and friends, will most likely not be together when disaster strikes. How will you find each other? Will you know if your children or parents are safe? You may have to evacuate or be confined to your home. What will you do if water, gas, electricity or phone services are shut off? Steps to Take Implement your plan 3. Gather information about 2. 4 hazards Practice and Meet with your family to create an maintain your plan emergency plan Build a Disaster Supply Kit Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed. A disaster supplies kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency. Try to assemble your kit well in advance of an emergency. You may have to evacuate at a moment's notice and take essentials with you. You will probably not have time to search for the supplies you need or shop for them. The Basics Additional Items Water Prescription medications Non-perishable food Infant formula and diapers Battery-powered or hand-crank radio Pet food and water Flashlight Important family documents Extra Batteries 9 Cash, Traveler's checks and change Emergency reference information Sleeping bag or blankets First aid kit A Whistle Dust mask V Fire extinguisher Waterproof matches M Mess kits Moist towelletes Garbage bags piletries V Activities for children Wrench or pliers Can opener Local maps Cell phone with charger RE/MAX You Tube Sources:, Zillow, Kiplinger, EM-DAT: The International Disaster Database, Insurance Institute Each Office Independently Owned and Operated. RE/MAX, LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and supports the Fair Housing Act. © 2013 RE/MAX, LLC. AN Rights Reserved. $10.9 billion %23 $14.6 billion $33.6 billion $58 billion

Prepare Your Home for Inclement Weather

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RE/MAX 'In the Know' helps you prepare your home for inclement weather. Find a RE/MAX agent near you to help you buy or sell a home and learn what weather risks exist in your neighborhood.




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