Spring has sprung in Cincinnati, which means it's storm season! Thunderstorms can obviously wreak havoc on your home and yard
, but there are several things homeowners can do to prepare.

Here are 6 storm preparation tips for homeowners:

1. Clear your gutters
You probably haven't done this since the fall -- and leaf buildup, ice melt and even dirt have likely collected since then. Keep your gutters in tip-top shape with regular, seasonal cleanings.

2. Consider a portable generator
These are not for everyone, but may be something to consider if your neighborhood routinely suffers from storm-related outages.  Read our guide to generators here.

3. Restock your first-aid kit
Every homeowner should have one; make sure your medicines are up-to-date (not expired), and be sure to include bottled water and shelf-stable food in your emergency stash.

4. Check your flashlights
Again -- this tip sounds obvious, but you don't want to be caught in a power outage in the dark!

5. Purchase a portable charger for your iPhone
When the power goes out, so does your landline (if you still have one!). You'll also be unable to charge your smartphone. Purchase a portable charger so you won't be left with a dead battery and no way to phone in an emergency.

6. Talk to your agent about flood insurance
Don't wait on this one -- have a discussion with your agent about whether or not you should add flood insurance to your policy! Why? Flood/storm damage is likely not included in your homeowner's insurance.

Source: Duke Energy
Photo credit: Dan, Thunderstorm.

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