WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - During severe weather season, in order to keep the inside of your house safe, you have to first protect the outside. 

“When it comes to siding, you want something that's going to be extremely durable, something very hard, something that can withstand flying objects,” said Cris Keeter, owner All States Home Improvement. 

Experts recommend investing in shingles that can withstand 100 mile-per-hour winds, high quality siding, and window wraps to prevent internal flood damage during a weather emergency. 

“This is the time now to prepare in advance of the severe storms that may come on the horizon,” said Julie Stimson, director of Sedgwick County Emergency Management. 

Stimson knows the importance of having a plan in place for severe weather situations. 

“We don’t necessarily want to prepare for the event, we want to prepare for the impact, the power outages, the lack of resources,” said Stimson. 

“It’s always recommended that people have a severe weather safety kit. This is an emergency kit when you see a thunderstorm warning, tornado warning, whatever sort of warning is issued this is something you can grab right away and take to your safe spot,” said KAKE meteorologist Brittany Foster.

Emergency kits should contain non-perishable food and water for you and your pet, medication, important documents, chargers, batteries, shoes, first aid kit, whistle, flashlights, blankets, and head protection. 

If you have children, packing some sort of entertainment or comfort item would also be beneficial. 

Another idea for your emergency shelter?

“Put a bag in there that has say extra credit cards and cash. If your house blows away and you can’t find those things you’re gonna have real problems in this world,” said Ron Williamson, president Deer Creek. 

Make sure you know where your safe space is in your home, whether that’s the basement or just an isolated room without windows. 

Sedgwick County Emergency Management also recommends making sure you have an updated insurance policy on your home, and renters insurance if you rent. These are some of the only ways you can financially protect yourself in a true weather emergency.