Sep 17
How to Make Your Home Fire-Wise

How to Make Your Home Fire-Wise

As evidenced by this summer’s rash of wildfires raging across America, fires are a scary phenomenon. Wildfire, in fact, is a natural phenomenon that is somewhat predictable; the U.S. Fire Administration reports that more than 1.3 million fires that aren’t due to wildfires kill more than 3,000 people each year, cause more than 15,000 injuries, and cost nearly $15 billion in losses. Let’s take a closer look. What Causes Fires? If we understand what causes fires, […]

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Sep 03
Let’s Explore Storm Readiness for Homes

Let’s Explore Storm Readiness for Homes

We’ve all heard the old adage that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and it’s truer that ever as storms across the country grow in size and ferocity. Storms can carry a variety of hazards with them including wind damage, debris, and jolts to your roof, walls, or foundation, not to mention secondary hazards like flooding. Wind can be one of the bigger surprises that causes storm damage because so many people and […]

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Aug 20
Let’s Explore Earthquake Readiness for Homes

Let’s Explore Earthquake Readiness for Homes

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), there have been more than 20 “significant” earthquakes in 2018 alone including a 7.9 magnitude earthquake southeast of Kodiak, Alaska and a string of quakes up to 6.9 on Hawaii. When we talk about the “Big One,” most people envision disasters in coastal California or amid the rainy streets of Seattle, Washington, but the truth is that an earthquake can happen anywhere. Between climate change and man-made interventions […]

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Aug 06
Is Your Home Flood-Ready? Here’s Where to Invest in Flood Resiliency-flood

Is Your Home Flood-Ready? Here’s Where to Invest in Flood Resiliency

2017 was a bad year for flooding. According to NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), during 2017 the United States experienced a historic year for flood and storm events, including 16 separate billion-dollar disaster events including three tropical cyclones, eight severe storms and two inland floods. The potential for flooding has never been higher since 2011’s historic flooding season. This year could be worse. To get ahead of potentially devastating floods, some homeowners are taking robust actions to protect […]

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Jul 23
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This Once Obscure Material Could Help Storm-Proof Future Buildings

A formerly little-known molecule created in labs by scientists could help future buildings withstand even the most ferocious of storms, tornadoes, and hurricanes by making walls that are virtually indestructible, according to new research from a team of British scientists at the University of Exeter. The substance is known to researchers and construction experts as graphene, a combination of the prefix graphite and the suffix -ene, coined by the German scientistwho pioneered it. The product has a wide array of potential applications including […]

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Jul 09
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These Apps Can Help You Cope with Hurricane Season

With the 2018 hurricane season already underway and forecasters predicting a seventy percent likelihood of 10 to 16 named storms with winds of 40 miles per hour or higher, you can never be too prepared for an active storm season. One step to take is to download some apps and invest in some up-to-date information that can help you stay safe and connected. Here are a few ideas to help you and your family weather the storm. WhatsApp With over […]

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Jun 25

Help Protect Your Building from Severe Weather and Flood Damage

We’ve written lots of features here at Storm Guard about the threats to your home posed by hurricanes, tornadoes, dangerous winter storms, and flooding. But there are plenty of things you can do to help protect your home or building before severe weather arrives. Here are six proactive steps you can take for protecting your home, family or other occupants from dangerous storms. Tip #1: Inspect and Repair your Roof Letting a leaky roof […]

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Jun 11

Fresh Ideas for Fire Resilience Emerging from Smart Technology

It seems like every summer we see the Western United States ravaged by wildfires, with the destruction augmented this year by an exploding volcano in Hawaii. These disasters are leading fire experts to investigate new technologies to help supplement existing efforts by fire departments to combat this growing threat. Structural engineers and other experts have been visiting burned homes, stores, and other sites in California to help brainstorm new ideas to provide next level […]

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May 29

Look to Spray Foam Insulation to Provide Improved Weather Resiliency

Every year, homes across America are damaged by storm events including tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards and other disasters. A new product is able to provide homeowners not only with simple repairs but with a stronger, more energy efficient home that is better able to offer weather resiliency, strength and comfort. The product is known colloquially as “spray foam insulation” and by construction professionals as closed-cell spray polyurethane foam (ccSPF) insulation. This home repair solution is […]

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May 15

Window Shopping? Check Out These Tips for Choosing New Windows

Whether you’re building a home, planning a remodel or it’s time to replace your windows, the idea of choosing new windows can be daunting. At the same time, choosing new windows provides you opportunities to improve the aesthetics and energy efficiency of your home. Follow these tips to help get you started. Learn the Window Buying Process Windows take a lot of abuse and must provide shelter against strong winds, heavy rains, winter storms […]

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