This week, residents across the nation are encouraged to prepare for hurricane season which begins June 1 and continues through November 30. Early preparation increases safety and reduces stress, and although there is no way to avoid a hurricane and its effects, it is possible to be ready for it when it does.
Even if you’re among the few, well-prepared residents who already have a hurricane plan in place, it’s still a good time to review. In the midst of our increased dependence on electronics which can change the look of storm safety checklists, Generac Power Systems, the leading manufacturer of emergency and backup generators, offers the following tips:
Be sure devices are charged and ready to use. A true testament to how hurricane preparedness has changed in the last two decades, confirm all necessary gadgets are powered up and use only as necessary.
Have a family communication plan. There are cell phone apps available that can connect everyone and provide safety updates. Also keep in mind that text messages use less bandwidth than phone calls. Identify outside the community who can serve as a point of contact if communication within the area is cut off. If local lines are jammed because of a disaster, it can actually be easier to make a long distance call.
Stock up on food and water supplies. Planning for a power outage that may last up to three days means having non-perishable food on-hand, as well as clean, bottled water in an accessible spot.
Build an emergency hurricane kit. In addition to food and water, this kit should include a flashlight, first aid kit, battery powered radio, a whistle to signal for help and an assortment of hand tools.
Fill up your gas tank. If power goes out for an extended period, gas stations will be challenged without use of their digital pumps. Take action ahead of time to avoid lines.
Communities have specific evacuation plans. Become familiar with the plan in advance so it is easier to use in the time of need.
Choose a backup power source. Generators keep critical appliances running. Lights stay on, devices stay charged and weather updates are available on television, radio or online. Portable and automatic home standby generators offer peace of mind in addition to a source of power.
Be sure to never use a portable generator indoors or in an attached garage. Portable generators give off carbon monoxide which is colorless, odorless and deadly. They should be operated outside away from windows, vent and doors so that fumes do not enter the residence.
Generac Power Systems, Inc. offers the broadest range of home backup generators that turn on automatically when utility power goes out, ensuring life goes on as usual despite dangerous power outages. For more information and detailed weather related safety tips, or to download a copy of the company’s 2016 Hurricane Survival Guide, visit generac.com/be-prepared.
Generac Power Systems (NYSE: GNRC) is a leading global supplier of backup power and prime power products, systems, and engine-powered tools. Back in 1959, our founder was committed to designing, engineering, and manufacturing the first affordable backup generator. Fifty-five years later, the same dedication to innovation, durability and excellence has resulted in the company’s ability to expand its industry-leading product portfolio into homes and small businesses, on job sites, and in industrial and mobile applications across the globe. Generac offers backup and prime power systems up to 100 MW, and uses a variety of fuel sources to support power needs for our customers. We are proud to be named the Frost & Sullivan 2014 North American Natural Gas Generator Set Company of the Year. For more information, visit www.Generac.com.