Take the Hurricane Preparedness Quiz
When it comes to being fully prepared for a hurricane, knowledge is power. Take this quick true/false quiz to test your preparedness smarts! Then click on the links to learn more.
#1: You should stock your emergency kit with plenty of candles and waterproof “hurricane” matches.
False. Candles pose a serious fire hazard. It’s safer to use a battery-operated flashlight or lantern.
FEMA offers a downloadable “Are You Ready” guide to assembling an emergency supply kit here: http://khlr.co/gWLL.
#2: Your emergency pantry should include one gallon of water per person per day.
True. The American Red Cross recommends stocking an emergency pantry with a minimum of three gallons of water per person — that is, one gallon per person, each day for three days. Don’t forget that pets also need water.
Download the handy and informative American Red Cross “Safety Check List” here: http://khlr.co/gWLP.
#3: Taping an X on windows will protect you from flying glass.
Marginally true, but mostly false. According to the Institute for Business and Home Safety, tape does not protect your windows from flying debris. It might keep more of the glass together when impacted, but it will not keep it in place. The best window protection is covering them with sheets of plywood or hurricane shutters.
#4: You can take your dog to the evacuation shelter.
False. Pets kept at evacuation centers can sometimes pose a risk of disease or injury to other shelter inhabitants. Many disaster evacuation shelters (and specifically Red Cross centers) cannot accept pets because of states’ health and safety regulations. Only service animals that assist people with disabilities are allowed in most evacuation centers. Better to prearrange care for your pets with family, friends or a vet in case you need to evacuate your home.
#5: A portable generator is for camping, while a permanently installed standby generator will power my home during an outage caused by a hurricane.
True. A portable generator is ideal for camping, tailgating or a work site where temporary power comes in handy. But a portable generator isn’t designed to power an entire home. Even if you want to use a portable generator to run just a refrigerator, be aware that the portable has to be set up away from the home to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning, wired with properly rated extension cords back into the home, and refueled every few hours during a power outage.
Learn More About Backup Power
An automatic standby generator is the best option for homeowners because it connects permanently to a home much like a central air conditioner. A transfer switch constantly monitors utility power, automatically provides generator power in the event of an outage and runs safely and continuously on natural gas or propane. A standby generator can power critical and sophisticated appliances and systems in your home, including lights, heating/cooling systems, refrigerators, sump and well pumps, home security systems and computers.
Kohler Generators has produced a six-part series of informative videos to help educate homeowners about residential standby power starring Ed Del Grande— a Master pipefitter, plumber, and licensed home improvement contractor. Click here to visit KOHLERGenerators.com to watch the videos. Or use the links and playlist below:
- What is a Standby Generator?
- How Standby Generators Work
- Portable Generators vs. Standby Generators
- Things to Consider
- Generator Installation 101
- Why Kohler Generators
Kohler Generators is proud to be a Partner Organization with the non-profit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH®), the country’s leading consumer advocate for strengthening homes and safeguarding families from natural and manmade disasters. FLASH® offers a wealth of publications, resources, videos and programs on their website: http://khlr.co/gWL0.