Hurricane Preparedness by GE Home Generator Systems
January 31, 2013
From the eastern Atlantic to the Gulf of Mexico, hurricanes affect many of the coastal and nearby inland areas in the United States. Hurricane hazards can come in many forms, according to the National Weather Service, including heavy rains, flooding, damaging wind, storm surge, tornados, and rip currents. A GE home generator, when used safely, can help protect your property and family during a natural disaster like a hurricane. Practice good emergency preparedness tactics to minimize your vulnerability and diminish the loss from a hurricane disaster.
Prepare for Hurricanes by Gathering Information
Do you know the elevation level of your property? Assess the risks to your home and know your vulnerability to storm surge, flooding, and wind by talking to your property insurance agent and consulting FEMA. Find out what type of emergencies could occur and how you should respond.
As explained in our Power Outages Causes and Information article, develop an emergency communication plan with your family, friends, and neighbors. Additionally, create a list of contact information for your local law enforcement agencies, hospitals, municipal utility facilities, and insurance company. If your area offers weather and crime alerts, subscribe to these via a reliable mode of communication.
- Learn if you live in a hurricane evacuation area.
- Find out community hurricane and emergency evacuation routes and how to get to higher ground.
Secure Your Property for Emergency Preparedness
Protect your home’s interior from damaging water and winds with permanent storm shutters. Windows can also be boarded up with pre-cut plywood, available at your local home improvement center.
Clear clogged rain gutters to help ensure proper drainage.
To prevent structural damage, reinforce garage doors and securely fasten your roof to the frame of your house by using straps or clips.
Install a standby generator to keep important appliances like sump pumps working, even in instances of power loss. A backup generator like those offered by GE can protect your home against flooding and other damage. Learn how a generator works when your home no longer receives electricity from your utility company due to a weather-related power outage.
Build a 72 Hour Emergency Kit
FEMA’s Ready.gov recommends putting together a disaster supplies kit of items that your household may need in an emergency. This kit should contain food, water, any necessary medications, lighting, and back-up battery supplies under the assumption that basic utilities like electricity, gas, water, sewage, and phone service may be unavailable. Find out how to put together a basic emergency preparedness kit from Ready.gov.
After a Hurricane Has Struck
Maintain your emergency preparedness checklist to stay safe through any emergency weather situation that hits.