We’ve already had extensive damage from severe storms on the East Coast and across the Midwest. These storms caused power outages that lasted for days in the middle of a record-breaking heat wave and cancelled 4th of July celebrations.
Be Prepared for a Power Outage
A big storm can knock your power out for days. And, you really don’t want to be shopping for supplies during or after the storm when everyone else is trying to buy the same emergency supply items.
Make a list and stock up on a sunny day with no storms in sight. Here are some suggestions:
- Keep extra batteries for your flashlight and radio
- Have propane or charcoal for your grill so you can cook outside if needed
- Fill up your gas tank before the storm (gas stations need power to pump gas)
- Keep some cash on hand (Banks / ATM need power too)
- Turn up the temperature on your refrigerator and freezer when a storm is predicted (remember to turn them back down after the storm)
Most importantly, be prepared to live without the modern conveniences that we have all gotten used to. You won’t have small appliances to heat up frozen meals or electricity for news and entertainment.
Be Prepared to Evacuate
Evacuation isn’t just for hurricanes. You should arrange a place to stay in case you have to leave during the storm. Think of conditions that could make your home unsafe, like flooding, fallen power lines, or structural damage from wind and falling trees. You’ll need to stay someplace close so you can get to work and manage repairs. If your closest relative lives 200 miles away that won’t be much help, and the closest undamaged hotels will be booked quickly.
Be prepared. It will make it easier for you to ride out the storm.