Severe weather can strike anytime, anywhere, so homeowners are urged to be prepared. Being proactive is key when faced with an emergency situation and having a plan can reduce the effects of the disaster.
Having access to things like clean food and water is a top priority during an emergency; however, power outages are becoming more frequent due to extreme weather conditions and an aging electrical grid. Some power outages can last for days or weeks, which can have a devastating impact on quality of life and can increase the amount of damage to your home. Insured losses due to natural disasters in the United States in 2014 totaled $15.3 billion according to the Insurance Information Institute. Weather related power outages cost 25 billion to 70 billion per year according to the US Department of Energy.
As a homeowner, you must prepare your home and family. Here’s how in 3 easy steps:
- Create a family disaster plan so everyone knows what to do if severe weather hits. Details like how to evacuate your home; where to meet; and how to communicate are key.
- Prepare a home emergency kit. Your kit should include basics like bottled water, non-perishable foods, necessary medications, first aid supplies, a battery-operated radio with extra batteries, and flashlight.
- Install a backup generator to protect vital systems in your home. With an automatic home backup generator, you can keep the storm outside and the power on.