Although we’re in the midst of summer and storms are not foremost in our minds right now, storm and tornado season is in full swing. Each year, the United States gets an average of 5.9 hurricanes, 1,000 tornadoes and 10,000 severe thunderstorms. Storms can be as scary as they are unpredictable and cause immense damage. But, rather than fear the unknown, it is best to put worries aside and be prepared. The following are some important steps for ensuring you have the tools to brave potential storms.
Before the storm
Listen to the news and local forecasts to give yourself as much notice as possible
Secure a back-up generator, such as a Generac portable generator, and place it off the floor in case you experience flooding.
Make sure your generator is in working order by checking the oil and adding fresh fuel with a bottle of STA-BIL Ethanol Treatment to keep the fuel fresh and combat damage from ethanol in today’s gasoline.
Run the generator for a few minutes. If the generator does not start, add a bottle of Start Your Engines! Fuel Revitalizer to clean the fuel injectors, carburetor and intake valves and get the engine up and running quickly
Create a storm kit of must-have items, such as a battery operated radio, flashlights, batteries, candles, matches, bottled water, blankets, non-perishable food, can opener, first aid kit, list of phone numbers, prescription medications and games to pass the time
When a storm is on its way
- Listen to the news to keep updated on the storm’s status
- Obey evacuation directions in dire situations
- Make sure your cell phone is charged and keep a charger with you
- Set your refrigerator and freezer controls to the coldest settings to keep food longer should the power go out
- Fill your car’s gas tank just in case you need to drive to safety
- Take out a reasonable amount of cash in case ATMs are out of order
- Tie down any large objects outdoors that may get thrown during a storm (e.g. patio furniture, toys) and place valuables inside in a safe place off the floor
- Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purposes by filling your bathtub, sinks and other large containers with water
When a storm is in progress
- Stay indoors and away from windows or glass doors
- Take refuge in a small interior room or closet or below ground if possible
- Listen to the news for updates and directions on how to proceed
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