For those that would like some tips to read, use and possibly share:
You still have some time to tie down, put away and otherwise secure your home or business.
There are plenty of tips sheet links at the end of this note you can check for things to help you prepare for in advance and to do after the storm.
Here are a few of my own in that I do not recall seeing on the other lists.
Turn off outdoor propane tank during the worst part of the storm.
If evacuating, turn off your water supply to your home.
If you have an exterior drain at the bottom of your basement steps or other low level drain pipe, take a few minutes to make sure this and the area around it is clear of stuff or debris. Many floods are caused by just a little blockage. A few leaves are all it takes.
Have your pet vaccination papers in case you need to board your pet.
Put anything under the deck or inside that a strong wind could pick up and throw against your or your neighbor’s home.
If you have a boat or a plane, get some additional lash lines attached but have to leave some slack on boats to adjust for higher than normal tides.
Wind blown water into your home may be the worst you are exposed to. Simply laying some heavy plastic across the bottom of garage doors, entry doors and sliders will keep this water out. Put heavy bricks, sand bags or get some mulch or soil bags from the store to hold the plastic in place.
If you are in a flood area, having more aggressive sealing up with more sand bags is needed to keep out rising tides.
Had two fire clean ups last year to think about when the power was out. One was someone that had a candle to close to some fabric and the other was someone that had a gas bottle in a camp stove fail when making some soup. Both fires were put out quickly, but made quite a bit of smoke to clean up.
For those that have them: Portable generators are a wonderful thing. FOR OUTSIDE USE ONLY. Check the oil before starting the first time. DO NOT use indoors or so close to the home it becomes a hazard. Do not plug in more equipment than the generator is rated to handle.
They get very hot and can cause damage from the heat or exhaust as well as a touch hazard. A pet or human will easily get a nasty skin burn if you touch the wrong part.
Have important medicines, device chargers and papers in sealed bags with some clothes and personal items ready to go in ONE place if you have to leave in a hurry.
Most of all, have the phone numbers, such as your insurance agent, of people that can help you with clean up if you need it.
We at Rainbow International hope you get through Hurricane Sandy safely, but should you need us we are available to you at all times.
Our 24 contact number is: 410-643-5408 or call me direct on my cell 410-924-6364.
From Nationwide Insurance
From Prudential PenFed Realty
From the Maryland Emergency ManagementAgency (MEMA)
From Anne Arundel County
For your pets there is this site from the Humane Society
For Generator Safety I wrote a piece earlier this summer and just posted on Facebook.
There are 3 links in it from Consumer Energy Center, FPL and a local fire department which cover the info thoroughly.
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