When Severe Weather Strikes
Have A Plan....And A Generator
We are officially in Atlantic hurricane season (June 1 - November 30) and it is predicted to be above-average with a projected 14 named storms, seven hurricanes and three major (Category 3 or above) hurricanes. Having already experienced several storms and sustained power outages in the area this year, there is one important lesson for us all - BE PREPARED! Here are some basic guidelines to prepare your home and family for potential severe weather. For more information and emergency checklists, visit the American Red Cross website at redcross.org.
1. Create a Family Disaster Plan
- Decide ahead of time where to go if you are at home, school, work, outdoors, or in a car when severe weather hits
- Agree with family members on a designated place to meet if separated
- Designate a friend or relative outside the area as your contact if you are separated
2. Know the Difference Between a Watch and a Warning
- Watch - Conditions for severe weather are possible in the area within 36 hours
- Warning - Severe weather conditions have been reported by spotters or radar and are expected to hit the area within 24 hours
3. Inspect your Home and Yard for Potential Hazards
- Remove outdoor items that may become airborne during a storm (lawn furniture, trash cans, toys, hanging plants)
- Trim or cut down weak trees and branches that could easily be broken off by high winds
- Keep rain gutters, window wells, drain lines and down spouts clear to prevent flooding in high rains
4. Secure Backup Power
- Have flashlights on hand, never use candles for light
- Have an automatic standby generator installed by Gault and you'll never be left powerless again!
Learn more about Automatic Standby Generators from Gault and schedule and in-home consultation here!