Mother Nature can be a powerful adversary. Our Midwest weather can bring high winds, rain, tornadoes, hail, snow and ice, flooding – all manner of damaging conditions. It pays to be prepared. Here are some helpful tips on getting ready when a storm is predicted.
Inside Your Home
- Stock up on nonperishable food, medicine, baby supplies, and pet food.
- Purchase bottled water. The American Red Cross recommends one gallon of water per person per day.
- Check emergency equipment including flashlights, battery-operated radios, extension cords, emergency generators, etc.
- Buy extra batteries.
- Keep extra cash on hand, since an electrical power outage may prevent you from withdrawing money from an ATM or bank.
- Turn your refrigerator to its coldest setting. If the power goes out, this will keep food fresh longer. If you leave the refrigerator closed, most food will stay frozen or fresh for up to 12 hours.
- Turn off and unplug any unnecessary electrical equipment–especially sensitive electronics.
- Keep a first aid kit handy.
- Have a non-electric can opener on hand.
- Place critical documents, such as birth certificates, insurance documents, special pictures, etc., in a safe box.
Outside Your Home
- Install an approved hurricane shutter system over windows and doors–or have on hand alternate coverings such as plywood.
- When venturing outside, be on the lookout for downed power lines and stay away from them.
- Trim trees that are NOT near power lines and clear debris.
- Fill your vehicle’s gas tank.
- Bring loose, lightweight objects, such as lawn furniture, inside.
- If you have a swimming pool, turn off all pumps and filters and wrap them in waterproof materials so that water from the storm does not damage them.
After the Storm
When storm damage strikes, make the call to Aaron’s Restoration for assistance in repair, restoring and renovating your home.
Make Aaron’s Restoration your first call for emergency repair services. We are the Michigan storm damage and Ohio storm damage experts.