Storm tips

Protect your home during a storm

High winds and heavy rain during a storm can inflict considerable damage on your home. How can you reduce the potential risks?

Home storm tips

Prepare your home if a storm is forecast

  • Check for severe weather warnings in your area, and be prepared if there is a risk of a power cut.
  • Visually inspect your roof for loose tiles or damaged chimney pots and get any problems repaired. Also, make sure your TV aerial is secured.
  • Clear your guttering and drain pipes to avoid blockages. Consider fitting gutter leaf guards – especially if there are tall trees near your home.
  • Trim back any bushes or small trees that could damage your windows in a high wind.
  • Put a storm kit together: clothes, food and bottled water, a first aid kit; any necessary medication and emergency phone numbers; blankets and bin bags; a torch, batteries, a wind-up radio and a disposable camera (to take photos of any damage for your insurance company).
  • Make sure you know where to turn off your electricity, gas and water supplies.

Before a storm arrives

  • Secure any loose garden items, such as tools and chairs, to prevent them from being blown away.
  • Unplug all non-essential electrical devices to avoid damage from power surges caused by lightning strikes.
  • Park your car in a garage if possible, or move it away from buildings and trees.
  • If you have any vulnerable neighbours, don't forget to check with them to see if they need any help before and after a storm.

During a storm

  • Keep your doors, windows (and storm shutters, if you have them) closed.
  • Close your curtains to protect against breaking glass.
  • Only open internal doors when needed and close them behind you.
  • Don't try and repair any damage outside until the storm has passed.
  • If you need to evacuate, turn off your gas, water and electricity before you leave (if safe to do so).

After a storm has passed

  • If your home has been damaged by the storm, contact your insurance company immediately.
  • Keep away from trees and outside walls, as they may have been damaged in the storm.
  • If you've lost power at night, use torches rather than candles for light to avoid a fire hazard.

If you have AA home insurance and your home has suffered storm damage, see our advice on how to make a claim.

Buildings insurance

Be prepared against the risk of fire, theft, storm, flood, burst pipes, subsidence and explosion