Many people limit themselves to storm preparation techniques such as boarding up windows and doors, but lack a plan for what to do after the storm hits. There's no such thing as a perfect defense, and there's always a chance that your protective measures will fail to an extent. Here are a few techniques and planning points to make not only your pre-storm preparation, but your ability to recover a lot easier.
Better Defensive Measures
Boarding up windows and doors can be a good idea. Taping windows is always a bad idea. An even better idea would be more permanent solutions that can be less expensive than tracking down wooden boards every year.
Storm shutters and storm doors are the key. These reinforced home improvement options are rated to take a hit from storm-tossed objects, and can be picked for both protective and aesthetics purposes. You don't have to stick to an ugly shield for your doors and windows.
Checking the weather stripping is a good idea if you already have reinforced materials on your building's openings. The seal on doors and windows can deteriorate over time, especially during record hot temperatures or an unfortunate painting technique that sticks to the weather seal and begins ripping the material away every time the door opens.
Finally, take stock of all of your building materials. You need to know the brand, model, serial number if applicable, sizes, and colors to make replacement easier if parts of your home are damaged after the storm. There is always a chance of the materials being sold out after other storm victims get to home improvement stores first, or the manufacturer may run out of the material and ask for specific product names if you want a custom rebuild.
Be Ready For Recovery
Don't put all of your hope on nothing happening during the storm; have a plan for after the storm, and know what you need to rebuild.
That list of repair and home improvement parts at the end of the previous section is only the start. You'll need to figure out if the area is safe for work, meaning that you need to beware of flooded or soft ground, downed power lines, and damaged trees that may fall on your property.
Don't resign yourself to doing everything on your own. Unless you live in a remote area where you can't get help, get assistance from contractors who can handle different parts of the recovery. A licensed roofing contractor, tree removal services, electricians, and other home construction and yard recovery professionals are usually busy after the storm hits, so be sure to interview them before the storm.
Contact a roofing professional, like one from Property Home Improvement, to discuss repair and improvement materials, and to get connected with other helpful professionals.