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You’ve created a well-stocked emergency kit. Your home and the surrounding area are safe. Here’s what to do when the heavy rains and fierce winds begin.
Protect your Power
According to FEMA, a backup generator is an essential part of a home emergency kit. Consider investing in one to ensure you have electric power during an extended outage.
Stay indoors, preferably in an interior room. Even if doors and windows are boarded up, stay away from them. High winds can fling otherwise ordinary objects through windows and doors.
After the storm as passed, avoid walking in or driving through floodwaters. The National Weather service has said that only 6 in. of moving water can knock you over. A foot of moving water can move a car. And, the water could be contaminated.
If you believe your home is unsafe, organizations like the American Red Cross provide information on safe locations. You can stay at these locations until cleanup efforts are underway or until your insurance company can move forward.
A home standby or portable generator can keep your appliances and sump pump up and running when disaster strikes.