Hurricane Preparedness Week: Protect Against Power Outages
Hurricane season is quickly approaching. And while we can’t control the weather, we can certainly control how prepared we are for whatever a hurricane may deliver. National Hurricane Preparedness week runs from today, May 24 through May 30 making it a great time to ensure you and your family are ready and have an emergency plan in place.
The National Weather Service has developed a nice hurricane preparedness guide to help educate folks on the different categories of storms, some of the hazards and how to be prepared. You can help spread the word as well with the Hurricane Preparedness Social Media Plan.
NWS’ Recommended Emergency Preparedness Kit Includes:
- A minimum of a 3-day supply of water (one gallon per person, per day)
- A minimum minimum of a 3-day supply of non-perishable food
- One change of clothing and shoes per person
- One blanket or sleeping bag per person
- An extra set of car keys
- Cash and a credit card
- Special items for infants, elderly or disabled family members
- Prescription and non-prescription medicines
- First aid kit
- Emergency tools
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Battery powered radio
What Do You Do When The Hurricane Is Over?
When a hurricane hits, the aftermath of its destruction leaves many without power. Hurricane Sandy, for example, left millions of people without power for days and weeks at a time. But it doesn’t have to be a Category 3 storm to cause a loss in power. More than 235,000 lost power thanks to Hurricane Isaac in 2012. Last year in January I wrote about how to prepare for a power outage, which will affect millions of Americans even without a major storm.
Part of your preparation this week should take into account whether or not you should be thinking about a standby generator for your home or workplace to maintain power in the event of a power outage. Briggs and Stratton has many backup power resources on standby generators and portable generators to get you started, or you can visit a generator dealer to get your questions answered.Having a backup generator will help relieve some of the stress and worry often faced during an extreme weather event. Once your family is taken care of, it will allow you to focus on doing something powerful and helping friends and neighbors in need.