Have you ever experienced a gale force wind? Events and storms that used to happen once every 40 years are now happening every 6 years, and in recent news seven tornadoes have touched down in Ontario within the last month. This may cause worry or panic but these trends have been building for the last century.
Below is a list of possible solutions and preventative measures to help keep your cottage/home weather proof:
- Hurricane ties when built (not required but suggested)
- Research aerodynamic house structures
- Placement of homes in regards to strong wind direction
- Removal of encroaching trees
- Find out about neighbour’s trees invading your homes safety
- Use wind power
- Have automatic backup generators installed
- Geo Thermal
- Solar (creates primary or backup energy)
- Wood stove
- Double pane glass
- Making sure water is off when cottage is not in use for the winter
- Nest or other programmable thermostats
The main way to stay safe with these increasing occurrences of severe weather is to be proactive and help prevent damage before it happens.
The world is always changing and as Charles Darwin said:
“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change”.