What to Do to Prepare for a Hurricane or Tropical Storm [Slideshow]

Are you prepared for hurricane season? In an average season, about 18 named storms occur. Of those storms, 3 are typically major hurricanes and another 6 vary in intensity, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).[1]

The time to prepare for a hurricane is before it hits. By knowing how to prepare for a hurricane, you can concentrate on safeguarding your home and belongings as best as possible. Preparing for a hurricane could prevent thousands of dollars in damages.

By following tips from the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety and Nationwide can help protect your home from high-speed winds, hail, driven rain and flying debris. Here are some hurricane preparedness tips to keep you safe.


inside of a house with text "DO: seal your home"
a ladder with text "DO: clear your gutter"
a staircase with text "DO: elevate your belongings"
a grill with text "DON'T: Leave loose items items"
cars on a highway with text "DON'T ignore warnings"
a table lamp with text "DON'T" run generators inside your home"

1. Create a hurricane emergency kit

Create an emergency kit that includes essentials needed to survive if you and your family are stranded in a storm. Here’s a look at … Read more

10 Steps on How to Deep Clean a Bathroom

Your bathroom gets a lot of use.  As a result, it can be one of the messiest rooms in your house. Outside of the visible grime and soap scum that build up, there’s a multitude of unseen germs that can form. This means it’s absolutely crucial to deep clean your bathroom regularly. Whether you just need to sanitize the toilet or clean the whole space, these tips on how to clean a bathroom will help keep your house clean.

Step 1. Prepare your bathroom for cleaning

Before you begin cleaning, clear out anything that’s in the way, such as towels, shampoo bottles and soap dispensers. Once you’ve done that, gather the necessary cleaning products. You can use whatever you’re comfortable with, but these supplies are the most useful for bathroom cleaning:

  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • Bleach (or alternative)
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Bathroom cleaner
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Glass cleaner
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