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Prepare Your Home

  • Make sure all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors (important for generator use) are operational.
  • Protect areas where wind can enter.
  • Withdraw cash from the bank and get fuel for your vehicle, generator and other gas-powered tools.
  • Have battery-powered light sources available and ready for use.
  • Protect electronics with surge protectors and waterproof coverings.
  • If power is lost, lighting will be poor inside, so keep heavy-traffic areas free of clutter. 
  • Bring in lawn furniture or other outdoor items not tied down that could become airborne.
  • Repair or replace broken or damaged fences.
  • Secure loose rain gutters and downspouts and clear any clogged areas or debris.
  • Inspect the roof for loose tiles, shingles or debris.
  • Make sure you have homeowners, flood and wind insurance.
  • Make bed rolls from your existing comforters and blankets.
  • If you will be evacuating your home for the storm, turn off the power at the main circuit breaker before leaving.