Getting a Tiny Home Ready for Extreme Weather
Building requires a lot of time money and work and the last thing you would want for your tiny home is a severe storm to damage it. Contrary to what some might think, a tiny home is at greater risk of severe weather damage than a traditional one. While you can’t control the weather, and it is impossible to keep natural disasters away, there are some things you can do to prepare your tiny home to better weather a storm.
Here are some things you can do to “weatherproof” a tiny home:
The risk of severe weather on tiny homes
All homes need to be secured for the severe weather of the location in which they are standing. Whether it be tornadoes, hurricanes, or just the occasional very heavy thunderstorm like here in the Pacific Northwest. Some of the most common practices of those that continually deal with severe weather include boarding up windows and doors, checking for leaks, cleaning gutters, and anchoring any fuel tanks on the property.
When you have a tiny home you may want to take a few extra steps to prepare it for harsh weather, especially if the tiny home is built on a platform of any kind. This makes a tiny home lighter than the average home and more susceptible to wind damage.
Plan your location carefully
How you prepare your tiny home for severe weather of course will depend upon your location. There will be different preparations depending upon what you will need to actually prepare for. Someone in the western side of Washington will want to prepare for heavy winds, rains, thunderstorms etc. Someone in the eastern side of Washington will want to prepare for these things (though they happen less frequently on that side) as well as prepare for snowstorms, because they are more likely to happen every single winter over there.
If you own land on or near one of the most beautiful beaches in the area on the western side of Washington, one of the best things you can do is make sure you have the right type of insurance and are prepared for any possible flooding. Insurance for this type of coverage is going to be more expensive, but much better for your finances should something happen to your home.
Taking measures to keep yourself safe during severe weather in your tiny home
Nobody wants to see their home take on significant damage, the most important thing to think about is the personal safety of everyone inside the home. No matter what type of climate you live in, it is always smart to have a severe weather plan for all types of severe weather that hit your area, from heavy rain storms to earthquakes and beyond. It can be more challenging to create a plan in a tiny home as there’s not a ton of space to run to, such as a basement in a very heavy wind storm.
In some cases, with a tiny home the best thing you could do is plan to move to a temporary location with less severe weather. If you are able to stay in place, some precautions to take include making sure you are up to date on all weather alerts by having them come to your phone, designating a safe gathering place, and creating a storm kit that has flashlights and first aid supplies as well as plenty of batteries to power anything you need. You should also always have an escape plan if necessary for all types of severe weather around your home.
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