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Preparing for Winter Storms

Preparing for Winter Storms

3/10/2015

The United States has been hit with several serious winter storms this season.

According to AccuWeather, many locations across the Midwest and Northeast set monthly records with the cold temperatures that dominated  February, as warmth prevailed in the West. During this same timeframe, southern parts of the country, like Texas, South Carolina, and Tennessee, were hammered with snow and ice storms.

With severe weather developing more frequently, the time to prepare for winter storms is now. That's why FEMA and the Red Cross recommend every family have an emergency preparedness kit in their home. The kit should include:

An automatic home generator automatically turns on when utility power goes out, and remains on until power returns. Generators help in dangerous weather-related situations by:

  • Keeping lights on so residents can see dangerous debris
  • Keeping furnaces running so residents can stay warm
  • Keeping refrigerators cold to keep food and medication from spoiling
  • Keeping the Internet connection on so residents can stay connected, work from home, and monitor the storm
  • Keeping sump pumps working to reduce basement flooding

In addition to making an emergency preparedness kit and installing an automatic home backup generator, there are other ways to prepare for the storm season:

  • Make copies of personal documents and papers in case originals are damaged
  • Find out where to take pets in case of an evacuation
  • Purchase extra batteries for weather radios
  • Ensure camera is charged to take pictures of damage for insurance purposes
  • Write down family and emergency contact information; give to loved ones

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