How Can I Prepare for the Winter Storm Season?
Preparing for storm season in advance can help you to minimize or avoid uncomfortable situations such as being out of power for a few hours to several days, depending on the severity of the storm.
One way to protect your home and property is to have a whole house generator installed. A standby generator kicks on automatically so even if you are not home you don’t have to worry. They also don’t require the potential danger of having to gas up every few hours to keep your home comfortable during an outage.
If you don’t have a home stand-by generator, here are some suggestions to get you prepared for winter weather:
- Have a plan. Prepare for evacuation, including pets. Review routes and destinations. Know your area. If you live in a storm surge area, be prepared not only for snow, but also for the potential of flooding.
- Know where emergency evacuation locations are. Make sure all family members are aware in advance should you become separated, or need to locate additional family and friends.
- Buy supplies ahead of time. Don’t wait until the last minute. This will help you to avoid waiting in long lines. Be prepared by doing the following:
- Change vehicle tires to those appropriate for your area (winter or all season)
- Have clean water on hand
- Prepare a First Aid kit
- Have a battery-powered radio
- Make sure flashlight have new batteries
- Keep a whistle on hand to signal for help
- Have local maps (hard copies) on hand in case your cell phone has no service or needs charging.
- Stock up on food, clothing, and blankets
- Have copies of important documents
- In the case of evacuation, have proof of home ownership (home, cars, boats)
- Copies of insurance documents
- Coolers and Propane to be ready to cook outdoors
- Remain ready to go. Keep your gas tank at least ¾ full at all times.
- Know manual operation of your home. If you have an electric garage door opener, know where the manual release lever is and how to use it.
- Protect your home. Inspect your home for any pre-existing damage and repair structural issues such as loose shingles, roof damage, etc… before the storm. Check yards for anything loose laying on the ground that could become airborne during high winds. Back up your electronics and pack chargers.
Remember expenses rise depending on the length of time without power.
- You may lose the ability to heat your home leading to the potential for freezing pipes.
- Indoor and outdoor lighting will not be available, leaving your property open to theft.
- Food in your refrigerator/freezer may spoil.
- Property damage can result from the loss of a sump pump.
- Should you choose to leave your home, dining out and hotel expenses add up quickly.
Why go through all the hassle? Be prepared and stay safe this winter. Call Homestead today for a quote on a new Generac Home Stand-by generator system.