Is Your Home Prepared For Hurricane Sandy?

Things are picking up in Wilton, CT

The usual pre-Halloween festivities were put on hold this past weekend for East Coasters who prepared their homes for Hurricane Sandy . Even if your area won’t be affected by Sandy, now is a great time to plan ahead of time for any future  natural disasters you may encounter. Here are some tips I received from my Grandma Joy, a native New Yorker who has experienced her fair share of stormy weather.

Things to do ahead of time

  • Post emergency phone numbers near the telephone. Grandma also suggests to keep the names and phone numbers of your plumber, electrician, alarm company and pest control company on hand.
  • Know how to turn off utilities such as gas, electricity, and water.
  • Listen to weather forecasts, especially if a storm is predicted.
  • Have an emergency escape plan. Familiarize yourself with escape routes, plan a way for you and your family to communicate or meet after the disaster phases, and educate yourself on safe places to go during a disaster.
  • If you have a boat, make sure you know how to store it safely during a disaster.
  • Make an inventory of your possessions (along with receipts and serial numbers) and store it somewhere other than your home (e.g., your office, friend’s house, safe-deposit box).
  • Store important documents somewhere other than your home (ahem, DivaDocs!).

Supplies to keep on hand

  • First-aid supplies (e.g., bandages, antiseptic)
  • Canned goods, can opener
  • Several gallons of water
  • Extra batteries
  • Matches
  • Flashlight
  • Prescription medications
  • Small amount of cash
  • Charged cell phone
  • Sandbags
  • Copies of important documents (e.g., wills, birth and marriage certificates, driver’s license, insurance policies) Once again, DivaDocs!

Filling up sandbags for Sandy!

Comments

  1. This is great thanks!
    Chris

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