Prepare Your Home for Storm Season

Take steps to protect your property and finances from hurricanes.

With storm season starting soon, what should I do now to get my home ready and try to avoid problems this year? We were hit pretty bad by storms last summer.

Hurricane season begins on June 1, and now is the perfect time to take steps to protect your home (and finances) from the storms – rather than waiting until a storm approaches and scrambling to get ready.

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Kimberly Lankford
Contributing Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

As the "Ask Kim" columnist for Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Lankford receives hundreds of personal finance questions from readers every month. She is the author of Rescue Your Financial Life (McGraw-Hill, 2003), The Insurance Maze: How You Can Save Money on Insurance -- and Still Get the Coverage You Need (Kaplan, 2006), Kiplinger's Ask Kim for Money Smart Solutions (Kaplan, 2007) and The Kiplinger/BBB Personal Finance Guide for Military Families. She is frequently featured as a financial expert on television and radio, including NBC's Today Show, CNN, CNBC and National Public Radio.