“You can’t fight Mother Nature” is an old saying that is unfortunately very true. There is nothing any of us can do to stop her wrath and any storms she may throw our way this year. What we can do, however, is to learn from our experiences with Sandy and Irene and be prepared. There are many steps that can be taken to minimize the damages that are caused by the winds and rain of these tropical storms.
– Inspect all battery powered equipment and backup power sources to make sure they are working properly. Make sure that you have an adequate supply of flashlights, batteries, candles, gasoline and propane on hand.
– Make sure that you have a battery powered radio.
– Inspect the roof to see that the flashing is secure. Make sure that the roof drains, gutters and piping are securely fastened and free of debris.
– Check to see that the latches and locks on all doors and windows are working properly.
– Inspect all window wells, catch basins and grates to make sure they are free of debris.
– Check to see that drains and sump pumps are operational.
– Inspect the landscaping and prune any dead branches. It also makes sense to have a tree specialist check for any dying or dead trees.
– Remove any objects that can become flying missiles and store them inside. If they cannot be moved, anchor them well to protect against high winds and flooding.
– Empty the basement and move valuable items and papers to a higher area in the building.
– Have sandbags and tarpaulins on hand.
– Check that you have an adequate supply of non-perishable food and drinking water.
– Have an evacuation kit ready with clothing, food and water.
– Lock any valuable papers in a water and fire proof box that you can grab if you need to evacuate.
– Remove flammable items such as chemicals, paint, and cleaners from the premises.
– Have the name and number of your insurance agent stored in your phone. Make sure that you also have easy access to your insurance policies.
I am attaching two articles from the Hartford Insurance Company that contain more important information about hurricane preparedness for both your home and business. Please take the time to review them. Do not hesitate to give us a call at Berkely Brokerage Corp. for help with any questions or concerns you may have.