Being prepared means being in control. The impact of seasonal storms is varied, but inevitable. The best thing we can do is prepare ourselves to face them head-on, no matter how bad the weather gets.
Increased dependence on electronics has changed the way we think about storm safety. Below are some helpful tips.
- Be sure devices are charged so they are ready for use. Electronic devices have become a much more critical part of our lives. Many people rely on their smartphones and may not even have a landline in the home anymore. In the event of an impending storm, make sure that the devices you rely on are charged up, an use them only as needed to conserve battery.
- Have a family communication plan. Come up with an easy-to-follow plan that the whole family can use in the event of an emergency to check in with each other and share status updates. Text messages use less bandwidth and battery power than phone calls, so set up a group text for single message check-ins. Keep a paper copy of important contact numbers in addition to all the contact information stored on a cell phone. Identify someone outside the community who can serve as a point of contact if communication within the area is cut off. If local lines are jammed as the result of a disaster, it can actually be easier to make a long-distance call to someone in another area.
- Be sure your storm safety kit includes a battery-operated radio. It will be important to save power on phones and tablets, so don’t waste it getting news updates online. Dig out the old AM/FM transistor and make sure the batteries are fresh.
- Get the gas tank filled up. 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 what is sure to be a chaotic scene.
- Install a backup generator. Home standby generators turn on automatically when the power goes out and will stay on until power is restored. They don’t require refueling so there is no need to worry about the gas station situation. A sense of safety and normalcy can be restored within moments after the power goes out.
Homes and families come in different sizes and so do generators. Better Power can connect you with a generator installer, who will perform a free on-site visit to determine your backup power needs.
Corwin Marsh from Brighton, New York owns an 18kW Generac Home Standby Generator:
"We live in a heavily-wooded area. During high-wind storms, it’s not uncommon for a tree to take out our power or the entire neighborhood’s power.
Installing a back-up generator from Better Power really brought us peace of mind.
We don’t have to worry about staying warm, or food spoiling. The generator keeps the furnace running the lights on and the fridge in business. Though I used to enjoy “roughing it” burning wood to keep warm and lighting candles to see, these are activities my wife doesn’t enjoy. She feels better knowing that we have “plan B” in place. How pleasant to work with Better Power."