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Natural Disaster Videos

These This Old House videos showcase all of our natural disaster projects, how-tos, and designs.

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How to Stop Your Basement From Flooding

Afraid of water in the basement? Avoid a flooding disaster with damage-prevention specialist Michael Milligan.

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How to Build a Storm Shelter

This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey shows how to pour a massive concrete storm shelter. Read on to also learn more about design considerations and guidelines to keep you safe from the storm.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Meteorologist Jim Cantore on Lightning

Meteorologist Jim Cantore discusses his biggest weather fear, lightning, and he shares tips with Kevin and Roger on staying safe during a lightning storm

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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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Coming Home After Hurricane Harvey

Ask This Old House host Kevin O’Connor meets a woman whose home is being rebuilt by Habitat for Humanity and pitches in with the rest of guys.

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Cleaning Out Mud and Mold After Hurricane Harvey

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey partners with SEND Relief to clean out mold-ravaged homes after Hurricane Harvey.

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Demolishing a Home Damaged by Hurricane Harvey

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva works with Team Rubicon to tear down a home damaged by Hurricane Harvey