Since 2008 the National Weather Service has identified Tucson’s official monsoon season as starting June 15 and ending Sept. 30. The storms bring much needed moisture to the desert, but often come with lightning, high winds, flash flooding, hail and driving conditions that can be dangerous.
Here is a short check list to prepare for this annual event.
Are you away for the summer? Have you left emergency contact information with our HOA Manager. Storm damage to your home can be lessened if we can contact you quickly; so you can begin the process of damage mitigation and repair.
- Check the condition of your roof and gutters.
Broken or missing tiles; and clogged drainage ways can cause roof leakages.
- A working flash light or two.
- Battery operated radio
- Cell Phone Booster Battery
Unlike landlines, cell towers may or may not work during power outages; be aware that your cell phone may not function. It definitely will not work on a dead battery. Keep a booster battery handy and charged.
- Trim large over hanging branches.
High winds and downdrafts can split or topple a tree.
- “Beans” Clean-up your yard before storm water carries this tree down the street to your neighbor’s yard.
- Wind-blown yard furniture is a hazard. Anchor it down or stow it away.