We’re sure by now you’re tired of hearing about Hurricane Sandy, due to hit our area (probably) by mid-weekend. Weather forecasters around the area are calling for gale-force winds, flooding, heavy rain, and maybe even snow. According to the National Weather Service, this storm could be unprecedented on what it could bring to the east coast from Hatteras to Cape Cod.
What can you do to be prepared for the weekend? Here are a few tips:
· Put together a basic disaster supplies kit like the one outlined on the FEMA Website.
· Talk about emergency planning for your family or business. Plan ahead!
· Think about possible evacuation routes
· Wait until it’s safe to head home if you have been evacuated.
· Clean debris out your gutters .
· Make sure your sump pump(s) are working
· Keep important documents-including insurance policies, birth certificates and passports- in a waterproof box where you can easily access them.
· As a rule you should always try to avoid entering any type of floodwater because it can contain sewage runoff or in the case of your basement, if it is near an electrical current, you could be electrocuted.
· Remember never to walk, swim or drive in floodwater since you may not realize how fast the water is moving or how deep it really is.
· Plug sewer traps with check valves, which prevent floodwater from backing up into the drains of your home. In an emergency, you can also use large corks or stoppers to plug sinks and tubs.
Our experience is that it’s always worse than you think but never as bad as the news wants you to think it will be. Just be mindful during the storm, and as always, if you have a claim or potential claim call us – we’re here to help.