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Sheltering at Home: How to Prepare for Extreme Weather

by Marilyn Mayberry 06/01/2022

Sometimes when severe weather happens, the safest thing to do is remain indoors. However, for certain weather events with strong winds like tornadoes and hurricanes, there are some parts of your home that are safer than others. Here is a basic guide for how to shelter in your home to stay safe from extreme weather:

Where to Shelter In Your House

  • Basement - The basement is usually the safest place to shelter from extreme weather. If your home has a basement, make sure it's stocked with emergency supplies.
  • Bathroom - Bathrooms can be effective places to shelter as long as they don't share any walls with the outside of the home. A good shelter should be as far inside the house as possible and have no windows.
  • Hallway - An interior hallway can make a good shelter, provided you're able to close off access from the outside. This would mean closing all of the doors to put as many barriers between you and the weather as possible.

What About Apartments or Mobile Homes?

In an apartment building, the safest place to shelter is on the ground floor. If you live on an upper floor, head downstairs to a common area or neighbor's home to shelter. If your apartment building has a laundry room or utility room without windows, these are also options for sheltering from extreme weather.

Mobile homes are extremely vulnerable to strong winds and other extreme weather. Experts recommend leaving your mobile home to shelter in a sturdy building to lower your risk. It's crucial to prepare for an emergency so you can find shelter before the worst of the storm arrives.

Sheltering Supplies

Wherever you shelter in your home, you should have basic emergency supplies prepared. The American Red Cross recommends keeping a minimum of 3 days worth of water and non-perishable food items for each member of the household. Some other things to include in your kit:

  • Flashlight
  • Battery Powered Radio
  • First Aid Kit
  • Copies of personal documents
  • Pet supplies

If extreme weather forces you to shelter in your home, it's important to be prepared. Keep these tips in mind when formulating your own household emergency plan.

About the Author

Marilyn Mayberry

Marilyn Mayberry has had the honor and privilege of engaging in one of the most exciting careers imaginable. She has marketed the American dream of home ownership for over 40 years. Marilyn is the Associate Broker for her own boutique brokerage Real Estate Today LLC in Farmington Hills. Her company offers a complete line of residential and commercial services to buyers and sellers.

Buying or selling real estate is probably one of the most important decisions anyone will make in a lifetime. Marilyn’s passion for the real estate business assures that the transaction will be handled with the highest degree of professionalism. This philosophy has allowed her to build a community of lifelong relationships.