Preparing for the Unexpected
Fast approaching Storm Season isn’t the only thing we need to be ready for. If you haven’t taken a moment yet, run through this quick list of Seasonal and General prep tips for your auto, home and family.
Make a GO Bag for weather emergencies. Include a clothing change, medicines, a cell charger,weather radio, cash and emergency credit cards, a whistle, water and Ready to Eat Meals for
three days. Don’t forget pet care items as well.
Have emergency drills with the kids regularly. Make designated safe locations the family will gather to, in the event of both an in-home emergency (like a fire that damages the home), or a flee-away emergency, like an ice storm that damages the area.
Create at least one Social Media family “location” where all in the family can check in if you are separated when an emergency occurs.
Know where your important papers are, like: home insurance declaration pages, medical insurance cards, a medicines/health conditions list, auto insurance cards and copied of your Birth Certificate and Drivers License. Have copies in your GO Bag.
PREPARE: Have your Car Inspected.
Make sure you have the anti-freeze
checked as well as the oil changed,
filters replaced, and the tires inspected.
Keep the car fueled as well. You never
know when a weather emergency may
make you flee quickly or have to come to
PREPARE: Roof Inspection is a great
idea, although often overlooked. Replace
any damaged, missing or lifting shinges
immediately and look for signs of eave
damage. Also, inspect the Chimney if you
have one, and have the flue cleaned
PREPARE: In addition to having a good
spare and tire changing tools, have a
small Emergency Car Kit. Keep jumper
cables, a portable tire inflator, fuses, a
fire extinguisher, blankets (ever change
a tire in the mud or snow?), flares, a bag
of salt, sand or cat litter for traction
and/or ice reduction & a small tool kit.
PREPARE: Inspect waterhoses and
exterior pipes. Take a long look at your Facia and Paint to see if you need to make minor repairs. Additionally, remove debris from around your home. Don’t leave a place
for bugs or termites to nest!
PREPARE: Have a Survival Kit. Include
an emergency first aid kit, nonperishable
high energy foods like hard
candy, dried nuts, energy bars and
water, wooden matches in a waterproof
container, compass, reflective clothing or
triangles, working flashlights and
PREPARE: Have your air conditioning
unit inspected. You should have the filter
changed, checked for coil condition &
reviewed for gas leaks and wear and
tear. Exterior units are designed for
outside conditions. If they are exposed to
leaf or debris accumulation they may be
covered, but NEVER cover a heat pump