We’re barely a month into autumn, and already, the Northeast is bracing for a big storm this week. Considering how mild the past two winters have been, I’m
predicting this will be the “payback” year. So before it gets to be too late, why not plan ahead now for winter and the storms it could bring. This way you’re not caught off-guard and the only thing you’ll have to worry about is having enough milk and bread!
Severe weather is Mother Nature’s specialty when it comes to our region. A warm, moist air mass colliding with a cold, dry one is the recipe for disaster wherever, and whenever, it happens. Recent events have proven once again that nothing, and no one, can accurately predict the courses, forms, or toll that any of Mother Nature’s storms will take. But there are certain things that you can do to help protect and secure your home and family during severe weather episodes.
Keep a Kit
Keep a severe weather emergency kit (that’ll be good for any and all bad weather, not just snow!) stocked and within reach. It should contain the following items:
- An all-weather radio that runs on batteries (or one of those nifty crank-powered models!). This allows you to listen to news or emergency updates if the power goes out or your satellite loses its signal.
- Several WORKING flash lights, candles, and matches. This way, if the power goes out after dark, you’ll be able to light your way to move around your home safely. Let children hold on to their own flashlighst to give them a feeling of security.
- A small first aid kit in case you need a band aid or disinfectant for cuts or abrasions.
- Drinking water. When the power is out your electric water pump will be inoperable. Keep several gallons, just for drinking, on hand.
Falling Leaves, Trees, and Property Value
Falling trees and branches can cause major damages during severe weather storms. Any dead, dying, or unhealthy trees on your property easily can fall on your house, garage, cars, fences, etc. Make sure that trees near the home are maintained properly. Cutting dead or sick trees will not only help make your home safer, it will make your property look better as well. And take the time to review your homeowner’s policy to make sure that your coverage is adequate and up-to-date. Do it now, before any more severe weather comes our way!