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Natural Disaster Safety

Protect your home & family with our safety tutorials on all things natural disaster.

How to Build a Fireproof Home

Insulated concrete forms—combined with flame-resistant roofing and siding—make for one safe house

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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.

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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.

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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

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How to Choose Hurricane Window Covers

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows a homeowner several ways to protect windows during a storm.

Whole-House Battery Backup

Their numbers are still small, but home battery backup systems may be the wave of the future.

Hurricane Proof House: What You Need to Protect

Easy, affordable things you can do to protect your home and property from storm damage.

Rising Above in Coastal Flood Zones

To survive the next big storm, more and more houses will need a lift. It's a smart move seen around the country—and on the Spring 2013 season of This Old House TV

Hurricane Prep: Storm Safety Checklist

Here's what you should do if a storm watch or warning is issued where you live.

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

Fire Extinguishers

How effective are they? Which should you buy? Here's what every homeowner needs to know.