Are You Prepared

Are You Prepared

The past few weeks, some areas of our country have been devastated by hurricanes and bad weather.  I recently saw a post from a friend who lives in Florida, that she couldn't get plywood to board up her windows, and wondered what else she could use.  I read that, and I thought to myself, now why wouldn't you have a pile of that on hand if you lived in an area on the coast?  But would you really?  I mean, how often does bad weather strike where you live?  That got me thinking about how prepared I would be in an emergency.   Around here, we are mostly concerned with tornadoes, straight- line winds, power outages etc.  One might think, but how can you possibly prepare for something so unpredictable, and usually caused by nature?  The first step is to think about your current housing, and discuss an emergency plan with any family members.  Do you have a basement or storm shelter, If not where will you go?  Usually the lowest floor, away from windows is best- go to interior areas, closets, or bathrooms.  Even before bad weather strikes, most areas have emergency alert systems you can sign up for to be alerted by cell phone.  You might also consider investing in a NOAA radio that can provide alerts and weather conditions.  Bad weather can strike any time, but most commonly occurs in Spring and Summer.

Power outages can occur as a result of these types of storms, but also at other times as well.  Consider investing in a generator, either whole home, or one large enough to run a couple of appliances.  Keep battery operated flashlights in good working condition.  Keep a store of food and water to last at least a few days.

Another little device that has saved me more than once, is an alarm for my sump system.  These little gizmos have a sensor that you suspend near the sump, and if the water rises to its level, it will omit a loud, obnoxious tone, indicating your sump may need assistance.

These are just a few things to consider.  There are so many more things that could be done in preparation, depending on what type of weather you might be expecting.  Hopefully this article has given you a little food for thought, and you can outline a emergency plan if you do not have one in place currently.


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