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Realtors group provides tips for tornado preparation

Oklahoman Published: March 29, 2014

The Oklahoma Association of Realtors offers these tips for preparing your home for tornado season.

Have a good roof over your head.

High winds, heavy rains and hail can create a “perfect storm” for your roof. Make sure your roof is in good repair and there are no loose shingles to minimize potential water leaks. Roofs should be replaced about every 20 years, so if you’re in the market for a new roof, consider an impact-resistant option.

Build a shelter.

Building a storm shelter can not only help protect your family during a tornado, but it can also be a good investment for your home. In many cases, homeowners who have storm shelters professionally installed can see up to two-thirds return on that investment. Also, be sure to check for available rebates on installation.

Brush up your landscaping.

Flying debris caused by falling tree branches and other vegetation can damage roofs, break through windows and even injure people. Throughout the spring months, make sure to cut back hedges and trim any heavy tree limbs that have potential to break under pressure.

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