If movies, books and television are any indication, the end of the world could be coming anytime. There is no way to know whether the problem will be disease, natural disasters or war. However, you can fortify and strengthen you home to make sure that it can stand up against the forces against it.

Exterior Fortifications

First, you will want to strengthen the structure of your home. Getting a new, strong roof is the first and most costly step. However, once you install a metal roof on your home you won’t have to worry about it for 50 or more years. Galvanized steel is better at withstanding damage from:

  • Fire
  • Hail
  •  Strong Winds
  • Impact – such as trees or power lines falling on it

A metal roof is going to fortify your home better because there are no weak links in it. If your asphalt roof gets a wet spot, or is damaged by a falling tree, then the weakness will spread and eventually weaken the entire roof. Tempting as it may be to repair and replace your own asphalt roof, don’t do it. If you are serious about making your home strong, hire a roofing contractor to install a metal roof.

Second, protect your windows. There are two ways that you can protect your windows, and thus your home. You could install impact-resistant windows, or get a shutter system installed in your home. When looking in windows recognize that a triple-pane window is going to be stronger (and more expensive) then a double or single-pane window. You have to decide what level of protection makes you feel safe.

Interior Fortifications

Having a supply of water and food is the next step of preparing for catastrophe. You may be safe inside your strongly-fortified home, but if you don’t have the necessities for your body, you will not last long.

You can purchase large 50-gallon water jugs with pumps. You could also fill old juice or 2-liter soda bottles with water and keep them in your basement. Bleach, or water purification tables are important to have to make sure that if you do need to use the water, that it will be safe to drink.

Only store food that you know how to eat. Having bags of whole wheat won’t do you a lot of good unless you are able to grind it and know how to use it to make bread. Beans and noodles are great for food storage because the keep for a long time and are fairly easy to cook for a meal.

Finally, make sure that you have some way to cook your food. That may mean having a supply of wood for a wood stove or fireplace. You could purchase a camp stove with some fuel for emergencies. Fortify the interior of your home so that at the end of the world you can stay protected.

If you want to know more or have other questions you’d like answered, try contacting a company such as Classic Remodeling Corporation for more help.