How to Prepare Your Family for Severe Weather

We all know that summer storms can turn into severe weather at a moment’s notice. Severe weather can happen before you know it, so it is crucial that your family is always prepared. Now is the time that you should be preparing your family for any potential summer storms.

We suggest having a set plan for your family long before any risk of thunderstorms occur. Take the simple steps below to prepare your family and home for possible severe weather this summer.

Build an emergency kit

An emergency kit should include safety essentials for you and your family in the case of a severe storm. Your family emergency kit should be stored somewhere that is readily available for everyone in your family. A standard emergency kit should include a three-day supply of water and non-perishable food, first-aid supplies, personal hygiene items, flashlights, fresh batteries and anything other essentials for your family. Store any valuable information you think you may need during a severe summer storm in your emergency kit.

Create an emergency plan

Sit down with your family and discuss where and how you will all seek safe shelter during a storm. Discuss where you will find shelter in your home and when you are away from your home. Establish a contact person and how everyone will communicate where they are and if they are safe during a storm.

Purchase a standby generator

A portable generator can power one or two appliances; a standby generator can supply power for your whole house. A standby generator looks similar to an air conditioning unit and uses existing power lines. When the power goes out during a severe storm, the standby generator will automatically turn on to power critical appliances and systems such as heating and cooling, lights, refrigerators, sump pumps and home security systems. With a standby generator, your family will be able to function normally during summer storms.

Use these steps to prepare your family for severe weather and summer storms will become less stressful. If summer weather brings you any damage to the inside or outside of your home, make sure you call Hays + Sons!

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