Hurricane season is upon us once again, and it is important to prepare for the effects of a hurricane. Southeast home and business owners are no stranger to the devastation hurricanes can bring, but it is sometimes easy to overlook the preparation tips that can make hurricane season much easier. Reliable Power Systems, Inc. cares about our customers and wants to share some tips with you on how to best prepare for this hurricane season.
Helpful Tips in the Event of an Evacuation
Know Your Evacuation Route
Evacuation routes are important to facilitate safe exodus from an area when a storm is present. Check with your local town or cities municipality to learn the best evacuation route and print a copy out to keep in your car.
Keep a Full Tank of Gas
In the event of a storm bad enough that there are evacuations, you cannot waste time stopping to fill your tank. Try to keep your gas tank full at all times.
72-Hour Emergency Bag
Keep a 72-hour emergency bag in your trunk for every member of your family. Include in this pack at least one change of clothes, food for three days, water, sanitary items and toiletries. Batteries and a list of emergency numbers are also good items to add to your bag. You also need to have a first-aid kit in your car at all times.
Helpful Tips for Riding out the Storm at Home
Stock up on Water
If a hurricane is on its way, there is a chance of flooding, which can affect your municipality’s water supply. Keep enough water on hand in the event of contamination of your water source.
Board Up Your Windows
Covering your windows in tape is not an effective way to prevent debris from entering your home. Pick up plywood at your local home supply store and have a piece cut for each of your windows. Attach them to your home using screws and anchors rated for your home’s structure. If economically feasible, consider investing in high-quality hurricane shutters.
Stock Up on Food
If a hurricane strikes your area, there is a great chance that local grocery stores are going to run out of food. During hurricane season, keep a good supply of non-perishable items on hand and try to keep your home stocked with the perishable essentials such as meat, milk, eggs etc.
Have your Generator Serviced
Before hurricane season starts, call reliable Power Systems, Inc. to have service your generator. We will check the unit, inspect all components, make any repairs and test the unit at load to make sure it is functioning correctly.
Have a Generator Installed
If you don’t have a standby generator at your home or business, now is the time to purchase one. A standby generator is a vital appliance that can keep your and your family safe during a storm. The units that reliable Power Systems, Inc. installs are permanent fixtures in your home and a tied directly into your electrical system. They monitor power to your home and kick in as soon it detects a power loss.
A standby generator saves you money on hotels, food and travel in the event of a storm because you will be able to stay in your own home. They will keep your home and food cold and are able to, depending on the size, run virtually any electrical appliance.
Don’t get caught unprepared, call Reliable Power Systems, Inc. today.