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Hurricane Preparedness Checklist

The 2020 hurricane season arrives at a unique moment in history. While the global COVID-19 pandemic has kept us all at home, sheltering in place while under orders of social distancing, an above-average hurricane season has been predicted. While seasonal forecasts may vary from year to year – some high, some low – it only takes one storm to significantly change your life. Preparing for the worst can keep you, your family, and first responders out of dangers way.

 

The leader in emergency power and preparedness, Generac and RCA offers you a manageable way to guide you through the storm season to plan for family members and pets, when to stay and leave and what to do in the instance you lose power. 

 

Prepare For Tropical  Storms By Learning The Facts

 

  •  Ensure you have a way to receive warnings- either on NOAA weather radio or the AccuWeather app on your phone 
  • Know your local hurricane evacuation route(s), as well as shelters outside the evacuation zone. 
  •  Make sure your vehicles are in good working condition and able to make a 100 plus mile trip.
  •  Put together a “go bag” for each member of your family, including pets, that includes clothes, toiletries, medicines, and any other necessities to survive comfortably away from home for several days. 
  •  Put together an emergency preparedness kit with water (1 gallon per person per day), battery-powered weather radio with extra batteries, non-perishable food, flashlight, first aid kit cash, and whistle to signal for help if trapped in debris. 

 

Learn The Differences Between Storm Watch or Warning 

 

  • Hurricane/Tropical Storm Watch: Hurricane conditions are possible in the next 48 hours. Stay tuned into alerts and look over the evacuation route. Double-check emergency preparedness kit. 
  • Hurricane/Tropical Storm Warning: Hurricane conditions are expected within 36 hours. If in the evacuation zone, it is time to evacuate to a safe shelter outside the evacuation zone with your family and pets. Stay in contact with family and friends using phones or social media to let them know if you’re safe. 

 

Prepare Your Home Before Hurricane Season Starts

  • Take pictures of your property, inside and out. This will come in handy if/when talking to insurance companies about storm damage. 
  • Purchase a generator and make sure it works ahead of time as electricity can be out for weeks after a hurricane. 
  • Cut down any trees or branches that could fall or be blown into the house. 
  • Stock up on bottled water in case water becomes polluted or unavailable. 

 

Things To Consider Before Evacuating

 

  • Bring inside any outdoor objects that could be picked up and thrown by strong winds. 
  • Unplug electronic devices and turn off utilities as directed to do so by authorities before evacuating. 
  • Large pets or livestock that cannot be taken with you when evacuating should be evacuated well ahead of time, so it’s important to have a plan in place for this. 
  • Board up all windows to prevent broken glass

 

No matter the emergency, a generator may help your family in dire situations. At RCA Electric we’re focused on helping homeowners purchase, install, and maintain the ideal generator for your hurricane needs. Want to learn more? Contact Us Today!

 

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During these unsettling times, we’re here for you.

As an essential business, we are practicing recommended social distancing guidelines to protect your family and ours. As always, we’ll be here to provide 24/7 emergency generator coverage for our customers. Our technicians are also performing routine maintenance and repairs to ensure that your generator is ready to run if there’s a power outage.

Additionally, RCA will continue to provide FREE estimates for the installation of new Generac Automatic Generators. We can set up a virtual meeting or a no contact site visit, whichever you are most comfortable with.

Together, we’ll get through this. Please stay safe and healthy.

Randy Agnew

– Randy Agnew
Owner, RCA Electrical Contractors Inc.