June is National Hurricane Preparedness Month and the start of the summer storm season. Severe summer weather can strike anytime, anywhere, so homeowners are urged to be prepared. Being proactive is key when faced with an emergency situation and having a plan can reduce the effects of the disaster.
Having access to things like clean food and water is a top priority during an emergency; however, power outages are becoming more frequent due to extreme weather conditions and an aging electrical grid. Some power outages can last for days or weeks, which can have a devastating impact on quality of life and can increase the amount of damage to your home. Insured losses due to natural disasters in the United States in 2014 totaled $15.3 billion according to the Insurance Information Institute. Weather related power outages cost 25 billion to 70 billion per year according to the US Department of Energy.
Here’s how to make your home #HurricaneStrong in 3 easy steps:
- Create a family disaster plan so everyone knows what to do if severe weather hits. Details like how to evacuate your home; where to meet; and how to communicate are key.
- Prepare a home emergency kit. Your kit should include basics like bottled water, non-perishable foods, necessary medications, first aid supplies, a battery-operated radio with extra batteries, and flashlight.
- Install a backup generator to protect vital systems in your home. Some homes are being built “generator ready” and there are also new more compact-sized, affordable standby generators that are ideal for urban living or situations requiring less power. Which is right for you?