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Tips to remain prepared for a Tornado & Floods

Tornadoes can occur anytime in America especially in the South and Midwest regions. It is necessary to remain prepared by doing certain home repair services for the unexpected twisters. This way, you can remain safe and secure during the storm.

How to keep your house clean and prepared for the tornadoes?

Know the important warning signs of Tornado: Tornadoes strike swiftly and often comes with certain warning signs. The dark clouds remain as the clear sign where it will be followed with heavy rain, sky green tint, blowing winds and humidity. It can mostly happen between 4 and 9 PM. However, you should know that it can happen at any time. You should keep watching and following weather alerts. When there is going to be a serious hit, residents will be informed about the hit and warning systems. Ensure to follow the community notifications be it in the form of text message, radio signal or siren.

Design a safe room or tornado shelter: Most families select the windowless or basement room like a tornado shelter. It will be situated on the lower floor of their house. It remains safe and keeps the family protected from dangerous debris and winds. Whenever you hear tornado alerts and signs, you have to move your family to a protected place to stay away from the storm.

Guide to remain prepared for a flood

Natural disasters like a flood can occur with less or no warnings. One of the common natural disasters in the United States is the floods. It happens throughout the year when the rail accumulates or snow melts. It is necessary to make certain DIY home improvement plans to protect your family and loved ones in times of flood.  Ensure to safeguard important documents, prepare for an instant go kit, invest in necessary crisis equipment and leave safely if it is necessary.

Safeguard documents for the emergency bag

It is hard to think and organize things at the last minute. If you can see signs of severe flood in your area, you need to start arranging things that you require to move out. Some of the important documents you should arrange while performing the home repair services prior to flood are as follows:

  • Property records
  • Living wills
  • Insurance policy numbers
  • Family vaccine records
  • Marriage documents
  • Passports
  • Military ID or Driving license
  • Citizenship documents
  • Birth certificates
  • Prior tax returns, etc.

It is also best to digitize necessary documents and save them on a cloud-based systems like Dropbox.

Important supplies for the emergency

Develop a customized to-go kit with your family essentials like flashlight, extra batteries, multipurpose knife, first aid kit, bottled water, asthma inhalers, medicine, noisemaker, and a whistle.

Plant with beautiful flowers

Annual Plants Which Blooms All Through The Summer

Do you have a large garden or enough containers in your balcony? Need home maintenance tips especially for your garden? Well, you need to think about growing easy to grow flowering plants that help in adding color to the entire home.
Some of the annual plants that can be planted in your home or garden are as follows:
· Tuberous Begonias
· Petunias
· Impatiens walleriana
· New Guinea Impatiens
· Geraniums
· Marigolds
· Calibrachoas
· Zinnias
· Ageratum
· Vincas
· Mandevillas
· Scaevola
· Pentas
· Portulaca
· Salvias

DIY home improvement ideas for your garden

· Tuberous Begonias
Tuberous Begonias are tender perennials mostly grows all through the year. It forms as a lovely bedding plant and it looks magnificent even in hanging pots. It is necessary to plant the tubers in a medium pot or rich soil with the curved in a bowl. The tube should be buried exactly in the middle of the soil. As the growth starts, you have to use necessary fertilizers once in three weeks till the flower beds start to form. It is recommended to ask an expert plant nursery professional regarding ways to apply fertilizers.

One of the recommended fertilizers for the first stage is 22-14-14. When the plant starts to grow you need to switch to 0-10-10, where it should be applied once in three weeks. Pick the flowers when it blooms or as it fades. The plants may turn yellow after some time. You need to stop watering at this stage.
When the top becomes completely dry, you have to dig and take out the tops. Let it get dried in the sun for two to three days. Use sulfur power to dust the tubers to prevent rot. It should be wrapped in a paper and stored in a cool, dark and dry place. It can be used for planting again in spring.

· Petunias
These are beautiful tender perennials that grow in USDA Zones. Most gardens display Petunias as annuals. The best part of this perennials is they can manage heat and bloom all through the growing season occupying beds, borders, and containers with color. Though Petunias grow in medium to partial shade, they develop and blooms in full sunlight. It is necessary to offer them regular water and use a water-soluble and balanced fertilizer as mentioned in the label of the product. Ensure to remove the flowers when they fade. It helps in encouraging more blooms.

· Calibrachoas
It is also referred to as ‘Million Bells’. They almost look similar to petunias but small in size. They are mostly grown in containers and hanging baskets and best to use as ground covers for small areas. Ensure to provide them well-drained and moist soil which is rich in organic ingredients. They prefer full sun but when you give light shade it last long. If you are living in a region where the summer is hot, you can preserve in light shade areas. Containers would require extra water when the temperatures are hot. It is not necessary to take the faded flowers. You have to trim the plants to maintain that bust look.

· Zinnias
Zinnias are simple to care and they come in numerous forms and colors. They require well-drained soil and sun. The soil should be rich in organic substances.

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