As you’re probably aware, hurricanes hit Florida more than any other state. Don’t wait until a hurricane is approaching to make plans to ensure the safety of your family. The time to prepare for the next hurricane season is now. Hurricane protection preparedness starts with these effective techniques listed below.
- Obtain containers for storing at least five gallons of water per person per day. Tip:
- After the storm, before services are restored, a new trash can filled with water can be placed early in the morning in a sunny location to provide warm water for bathing.
- Store non-perishable food that doesn’t require preparation, such as peanut butter, canned foods, snack bars and juices. Tip: Don’t’ forget a can opener.
- Have a battery-operated radio ready. Provide every room with a flashlight and extra batteries. Tip: Head lamps are practical and free up your hands.
- Makes sure you have a cell-phone charger in your car.
- Build an emergency supply kit and replenish it.
- Store important documents and photos in waterproof plastic containers. Tip: During a storm, these can be stored in the dishwasher due to its watertight seal.
- Make a laminated list of important phone numbers and attach to a flashlight. Tip: Include electric, water, gas, and air conditioning providers.
- Videotape or photograph the belongings inside and outside your home for insurance purposes.
- Pack sanitation supplies, tools, clothing and bedding. Include baby and pet supplies if needed. Games and books are handy. Tip: Before a storm, soak several washcloths and put into bags in the freezer. They can be pulled out to cool everyone down when you’re without A/C or a fan.
- Purchase a portable generator and learn how it works. Tip: Do not add fuel to the tank until a storm. If you can afford it, have an HVAC professional install a standby generator.
- Buy ahead of time 5/8-inch plywood or hurricane shutters to seal windows and doors.
Helping your family learn about hurricane protection preparedness is our goal. Contact us at Robert R. McGill Air Conditioning, Inc. to restore your air conditioning service in the event of a storm and for all other home comfort needs.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Palm Beach County, Florida about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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