Hurricane Arthur, the first storm of the 2014 season, thankfully caused limited problems here in eastern Virginia. But the hurricane season runs through the end of November, and, as previous years have shown, we may still be affected by a major storm this season. Here are some key tips to make sure you and your family are prepared.
- Have an emergency kit that includes a gallon of drinking water per person per day for at least three days, non-perishable food, flashlights or headlamps and extra batteries.
- Have an evacuation plan, even if you’ve weathered storms in your place before, it’s important to know how to get to higher ground if the storm is worse than you’ve previously experienced.
- If you have a generator, ensure that it is in good working order and be sure to have adequate fuel safely stored. If you have a propane whole house generator, call Revere to have the tank filled before the next hurricane is on its way. If you don’t have a generator, consider having one installed. In rural areas, it can take several days for electricity to be restored after a storm. Having a generator allows you to run your well pump for sanitation and can make life after a storm much more bearable.
- Trim trees and shrubs on your property so that they are wind resistant and less likely to cause damage in high wind conditions.
- Secure all outdoor furniture, grills, potted plants, and decorations that could be blown around during a storm and cause damage.
Stay safe this summer! And if you need assistance with your propane generator, call us at 804-453-5845.