Before the storm
Check outside for loose items that may be blown away or collide with the home. Outdoor furniture, grills, toys, birdbaths and the like should be put away. Large objects such as sheds and play sets should be secured and anchored to prevent them from falling or blowing over.
Inspect fencing for any loose or damaged boards that may damage nearby structures if they are carried by the wind. If there isn't time to make repairs before the storm hits, remove the damaged pieces to prevent possible damage.
Trees around the home or near other structures, including near neighbors' houses, should be inspected by a licensed professional to ensure that they are healthy. Trees can appear to be in good shape but may be diseased or have structural problems that can cause them to fail unexpectedly. Local ordinances may require that trees be trimmed a minimum distance from driveways, structures and power lines. For safety's sake, a qualified professional should perform this work.
Using binoculars, check the roof for missing or damaged shingles. Flying shingles may damage structures, while missing shingles can allow water to leak into the home, causing additional problems. Any repairs to roofing should be done professionally to ensure proper repair techniques and safety.
After the storm