Did you know that hailstorms cause 1 billion dollars of damage every year in the United States? When hail strikes, you can feel helpless to protect your personal property. If you know a hailstorm is heading your way, however, there are some things you can to limit the amount of damage to personal property. Here are three effective ways to prepare for a hailstorm.

Pay Attention to the Weather

One of the best ways to protect yourself and your property in the event of a hailstorm is to pay attention to the weather. This is especially important if there are severe thunderstorm watches or warnings for your area. Some other signs that may indicate a hailstorm is on the way include:

  • Large cumulonimbus clouds present in the sky
  • Thunder and lightning
  • Sudden drop in temperature
  • Appearance of funnel clouds

If you notice any of the above signs, you need to pay attention as weather can change rapidly. If you are out in the open, you should seek shelter.

Find Shelter for Your Vehicles

Vehicles are especially susceptible to getting damaged during a hailstorm. Even pea size hail that is only a quarter-inch in diameter can cause damage to your car's exterior and the windows. This is why it's important to ensure all of your vehicles are in the garage. If you don't have a garage, here are some other ways you can keep your vehicles protected:

  • Wrap it in thick blankets or comforters
  • Put your floor mats on the roof and hood of your vehicle
  • Park in the nearest parking garage

If you are on the road, find an underpass and stay put until the storm passes.

Provide Protection for Your Home

Your home is also susceptible to damage during a hailstorm, especially the roof and windows. In severe storms with large hailstones, even the siding on your home can get damaged. In order to protect your house and your property, you will want to take the following precautions:

  • Keep trees near your home trimmed
  • Ensure your roof is properly maintained
  • Close windows and window coverings, such as shutters and drapes

Making sure your home is well protected can reduce the amount of damage during a hailstorm.

Despite your best efforts to prepare for a hailstorm, your car or home might still receive damage. If this is the case, you will need to contact your auto and/or homeowners insurance company, an auto body repair shop, a storm repair contractor, and a glass repair company like United Glass Service Inc.