As New Englanders, we are usually ready for just about any kind of weather from scorching heat waves to massive blizzards. We are a hardy bunch that can withstand pretty much anything Mother Nature can throw our way. But, are all of us ready to last a few days or possibly a week without power? Do you have the right essentials in the case of a wicked New England style storm that can knock out power for days on end? Let’s take a look at some items you may want to consider having on hand in the case of extreme weather.
- A Generator – An independent power source, like a generator, can be a real life saver when facing the possibility of losing power for any length of time. It is like an insurance policy that pays off when Mother Nature comes knocking whether it is a Nor’easter, hurricane or a wind-whipping blizzard. Finding a home unit or back up generator for your needs and budget is something our experienced technicians can provide. Plan now so you can remain comfortable and safe in your home during winter weather.
- Stock First Aid Supplies – No one ever wants to head to the emergency room, let alone in the middle of a storm. Be prepared for winter weather by having a basic first aid kit at-the-ready in case of injury. Include in this kit items that you will need for several days if you can not get out of your house such as prescriptions and needed medical items.
- Check for Home Safety – Exhaust systems give off carbon monoxide and is deadly if not vented from your home properly. Check for leaks and crimped pipes and repair or replace as necessary. Be sure to install a CO detector to alert your family of toxic levels of carbon monoxide.
- Food and Water Supplies – The last place you want to be during a natural disaster is stuck inside your home with no food. FEMA recommends one gallon of water, per day, per person for storage in the case of an emergency. Also keep a sealed container of non-perishable food such as granola bars, peanut butter, and canned items.
- Cash – In the event of an electronic systems outage, your debit/credit card may not be useful. Be prepared by having a few hundred dollars in cash just in case businesses are impacted by the weather for days after and can only accept cash.
- Pet Plans – We love our pets so be prepared in case you need to evacuate with food, water, and alternate shelter for your furry friend.