Natural Disaster Planning
Prepare for your next natural disaster project by discovering our planning ideas & tips.
Holiday Home Disasters Most Likely to Occur in Your State
Are you curious about holiday home disasters in your state? Read our analysis of the most popular states for common disasters and helpful tips for prevention.
How to Prepare for a Flood
No homeowner wants to deal with the destruction that a flood can bring, but the fact is that these natural disasters are a frequent occurrence in certain areas of the country and a possibility just about everywhere else. It’s best to always be prepared for the worst.
Homeowners Insurance in Fire-Prone Areas (2022)
If you’re struggling to find homeowners insurance in a fire-prone area, consider looking into surplus line carriers, private carriers, or your state’s plan.
How to Wire a Portable Generator
Ask This Old House master electrician Heath Eastman explains a few different methods for hooking up a portable generator to a house.
How to Prepare for Storms and Natural Disasters
Be prepared to protect your family and your home when disaster strikes.
How to Safeguard Your House from Wildfires
Ask This Old House host Kevin O’Connor learns about ways to make a home more resistant to wildfires.
How to Retrofit a Home for an Earthquake
Ask This Old House host Kevin O’Connor travels to Portland, Oregon to learn how to protect homes from earthquakes.
How to Install Whole House Lightning Protection
Ask This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook travels to central Florida to install a lightning protection system
3 Things to Do Before a Storm
Do these simple tasks before severe weather hits to help minimize or even prevent costly damage to your home
Whole-House Battery Backup
Their numbers are still small, but home battery backup systems may be the wave of the future.
How to Prevent Plumbing Leaks Automatically
Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey demonstrates a wireless detector that can shut off the water in case of a flood.
Understanding the Dangers of Home Fires
Ask This Old House host Kevin O’Connor visits Underwriters Laboratories outside of Chicago to see first hand how dangerous fires can be.
Disaster Supply Kit: How to Prepare for Severe Weather
This Old House host Kevin O'Connor and Jim Cantore of The Weather Channel discuss how to prepare for the next big storm and list out what severe weather supplies you’ll need.
Winter Weather Tips with Meteorologist Jim Cantore
Ask This Old House host Kevin O'Connor speaks with meteorologist Jim Cantore about winter weather and how climate change is affecting it.
14 Supplies to Help You Prepare for a Blizzard
What you need to prepare for a snowstorm so you have the essentials before, during, and after an emergency strikes.
Dealing with Household Disasters
Floods happen. So do collapsed ceilings, trapped critters, and smoke-belching fireplaces. But with our homeowner survival tips, you'll know just what to do when trouble strikes
How to Build a Fireproof Home Using ICF Blocks
Insulated concrete forms—combined with flame-resistant roofing and siding—make for one safe house.
Hurricane Proof House: What You Need to Protect
Easy, affordable things you can do to protect your home and property from storm damage.
How to Board Up Windows for a Hurricane
Preparing your house for an impending hurricane or tropical storm? Here’s how to install plywood panels to keep flying debris at bay.
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