Broward County hasn’t been hit by a major hurricane in over a decade. All this means is that we are due for a major storm. The last major hurricane to hit South Florida was Wilma. Wilma left billions of dollars of damage in her wake. Evacuations were widespread all along the Florida coastline. 21 people lost their lives to Hurricane Wilma, in the U.S alone. The total death toll for the store was 87. As you can see Hurricanes are no laughing matter, and should never be taken lightly. Today we are going to look at some of the things that you can do to prepare for a hurricane including generator installation.
Hurricane Preparedness Steps
Firstly, when preparing for a hurricane, you should gather information. Find out if you live in an evacuation area. These areas are more vulnerable to high winds, storm surge, and also flooding. The National Weather Service and your local government can supply you with this information.
Secondly, you should make a plan. Having a plan in place for a Hurricane could mean the difference between life and death. Your plan should entail where to go, what you will need and emergency contact phone numbers. A Hurricane plan should include the following:
- An Evacuation Route: You should know what the designated evacuation route is for your area. You should also have a plan in place as to where you will go once you evacuate.
- Disaster Supply Kit: Having a disaster supply kit is important. You should include things such as a basic first aid kit, clothes, non-perishable food, and water. This kit should be easily accessible and contain enough supplies for a couple of weeks at least. A hand-held radio may also be a good addition to your kit.
- A Family Plan: Make sure your children understand the plan in case of an emergency.
- Gas: Having your cars full of gas is a wise decision. Gas station pumps work only when there is electricity, and we are likely to lose power.
- Board Up Your Home: Having something covering your windows could save you costly repairs. Plywood or storm shutters could not only keep your windows intact, but they could also prevent water damage inside your home.
- Bring Any Heavy Objects Inside: Anything that is not anchored to the ground could become a projectile. Keeping things like patio furniture or a grill outside is a recipe for disaster.
In the Wake of a Hurricane
Hurricane’s leave an enormous amount of destruction in their wake. Downed trees, power lines, and flying debris are commonplace. The drinking water will likely become contaminated. The power could go out for weeks unless you decide on a generator installation. You will also not be able to cook with conventional methods. Having a charcoal or gas grill may be wise. However, if you do not have a grill, it is important to have canned foods that will not spoil without refrigeration.
Hurricanes are scary, and they should never be taken lightly. Make sure you have all of these things in place long before the first report of a storm. If you want to stay in your home, then generator installation is the way to go.
How Generator Installation Can Help During a Hurricane
Generator installation can restore some normalcy to your life in the wake of a hurricane. Having power for things like lights, a stove, a refrigerator, and radio could make waiting for a storm to pass bearable. Calling today for a generator installation could help your family when they need it the most.
A Generator Isn’t Just For Storms
Scheduling a generator installation could make your everyday life better too. Don’t you just hate when your power goes out in the dead of summer? A generator would allow you to keep your air conditioner running even if every once is without power. Having a generator could be the difference between hot sleepless nights and a cool, comfortable home no matter the conditions.
SunCoast Electric is ready to help you with any of your South Florida generator needs. Don’t wait until you need one to start planning. Whether you are looking for a whole home generator with a transfer switch or simply a hand help plug and play system, SunCoast can help. Schedule an appointment today. Our team has more than 30 years of experience and can help you find the right generator for your home. There is no job to big or small! Call today!