National Hurricane Preparedness Week
Hurricane season is fast approaching. It takes just one storm to change your life. And while you can’t control the weather, you can do your best to prepare for it and minimize its impact. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says those who live in areas prone to tropical storms – both coastline and inland – need to be prepared. Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 15-21) is the perfect time to get started.
The NOAA recommends breaking down your preparation tasks over seven days:
- Sunday, May 15. Determine your risk: Find out what types of wind and water hazards can happen where you live.
- Monday, May 16. Develop an evacuation plan: Identify a friend or relative who doesn’t live in a hurricane zone and work with them to use their home as your evacuation destination. Be sure to account for pets; most local shelters don’t permit them.
- Tuesday, May 17. Secure an insurance check-up: Call your insurance company and have them confirm you have enough homeowners insurance to repair or even replace your home. Don’t forget coverage for your car or boat.
- Wednesday, May 18. Assemble disaster supplies: Have enough non-perishable food, water and medicine to last each person in your family a minimum of one week. Electricity could be out at least that long so make sure you have cash, a battery-powered radio, flashlights and plenty of extra batteries.
- Thursday, May 19. Strengthen your home: If you plan to ride out the storm in your home, ensure it’s up to local hurricane building code specifications. Many of these retrofits do not cost much – have proper plywood, steel or aluminum panels to board up windows and doors. Make sure your garage can withstand winds – it’s the most vulnerable part of your home.
- Friday, May 20. Identify trusted information sources: NOAA’s National Hurricane Center and Central Pacific Hurricane Center are the official sources for hurricane forecasts, watches and warnings. Pay attention to their warnings and recommendations throughout the storm season.
- Saturday, May 21. Complete your written hurricane plan: Write down your hurricane plan; know where you’ll ride out the storm and gather your supplies now.
What To Do When The Hurricane Is Over
No matter what category of storm, the hurricane aftermath leaves many without power. So part this week’s prep should include determining if you’ll need a generator for your home or workplace to maintain power in the event of an outage. Briggs & Stratton has many backup power resources including inverter generators, portable generators or standby generators like the new Fortress™ standby generator systems.
You can also visit a generator dealer to get questions answered. Having a backup generator will help relieve some of the stress and worry often faced during an extreme weather event; just make sure you are also armed with proper knowledge on how to safely operate your equipment.* Once your family is taken care of, it will allow you to focus on doing something powerful and helping friends and neighbors in need.
*Portable Generators Manufacturers Association (PGMA) urges users to Take It Outside™ and that all portable generators should be used safely and in accordance with the owner’s manual provided by the manufacturer. See http://www.pgmaonline.com/default.asp for more details.
NOTICE: Customer service questions are not monitored via the blog. If you need assistance with your Briggs & Stratton engine or power equipment, please contact our Answer Center or post your question to our User Community.