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Is your family and home ready for the inclement weather conditions of the upcoming fall and winter seasons? Whether it’s for a hurricane, blizzard, or severe thunderstorm, it is always important to be prepared. Early preparation can save you time, money, and hassle when a storm hits. Here are some basic storm preparation considerations for your home and family in case of unexpected hazardous weather conditions.
When You Know a Storm is Coming
Know what to expect. There are many different types of storm conditions and weather terminology. Here is a list of the different types of forecasts and their meanings. Depending on how severe the storm is going to be, there may be extra storm preparation not listed here that will need to be taken.
Unplug small appliances. Power outages can cause power surges that can cause plugged-in electronic items to break. If you use surge protectors, this step is not necessary. If power outages tend to be a problem with your home, it may be a good idea to consider a back-up generator from IT Landes.
Clear gutters of debris before a storm. Gutter debris can cause unnecessary wear and tear on your home such as leakage, holes, discoloration, and breakage to the roof, gutter, window, or anything else in the way of the broken gutters path. Gutters should also be cleared once the storm passes.
Bring outside items in if they could be picked up by the wind or ruined from water or snow.
These are items and steps that every family should have in place…storm or no storm. That way, when an unexpected emergency does occur, you and your family can handle it more effectively.
Create a basic ‘Disaster Supplies Kit’. While some of these may not be necessary for a typical storm, it is good to have all disaster supplies in one area so you are prepared for all types of emergencies. Some items to include are:
- Working flashlight
- Charged cell phone (with charger)
- Power Generator
- Battery powered radio, preferably A NOAA Weather Radio
- Extra food, water, and medicine
- First Aid Kit
- Wrench or pliers
- Extra batteries
- And more
As winter approaches, add these supplies to your kit:
- Rock salt or other solutions that melt ice
- Heating fuel
- Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment
- Warm clothing and blankets
*Additional supplies and actions should be considered for family members with disabilities, newborns, senior citizens, or any pets.
Make and practice a family ‘Emergency Communications Plan’. Things can be replaced, but people cannot. This way your family will know where to meet, how to get in touch with one another if separated, and other important information necessary for the unexpected. See how to create a plan here.
Store important documents in a watertight container. Make sure to keep these in a secure place and keep them with you if you ever have to evacuate. Include items such as IDs, social security cards, proof of residence, insurance policies, birth and marriage certificates, contact information (family members, Doctors, HVAC provider, etc.), and other important documents you’d need during an emergency or are difficult to replace if lost or damaged.
Recovery and Aftermath
After a storm hits, check for electrical damage, sewage and water line damage, and gas leaks. If you notice any minor problems or want to ensure system safety and appointment, request an appointment with the experienced technicians at IT Landes. If you need HVAC system service immediately, call our emergency line at 215-256-4221. Sometimes taking these storm preparation tips end up being unnecessary. It only takes one time to be thankful you took precaution.