SOURCE: Generac


May 21, 2015 09:00 ET

Weather the Storm This Hurricane Season

National Hurricane Preparedness Week 2015 Runs From May 24 Through May 30

WAUKESHA, WI--(Marketwired - May 21, 2015) - Hurricane Preparedness Week reminds us it's important to not only be educated on the dangers of extreme summer storms and hurricanes, but it's imperative to be prepared for them. This year's hurricane season begins June 1 and ends Nov. 30. Start preparing your home and family now to be fully prepared for whatever Mother Nature sends your way this hurricane and summer storm season

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Hurricanes are unpredictable; even expert meteorologists can't predict their wrath. To help keep your family safe during this year's hurricane season, Generac Power Systems offers the following tips:

  • Charge your electronics before the storm hits. No one can predict if the power will go out during or after a hurricane, so it's better to be safe than sorry. Charge your cell phone, computer and other electronic devices before the storm hits. Put new batteries in flashlights and have a backup case of batteries in a watertight container.
  • Stock up on essentials. Having gallons of water, a storage room with food, extra batteries and waterproof emergency numbers on hand is a smart idea on its own, but will come in extra handy if you can't leave your home during a hurricane. If you have little ones, create an activity box full of games, cards and books to keep them busy -- and yourself stress-free -- during a storm.
  • Remove all outdoor furniture prior to the storm. Patio furniture, plants, trash cans and children's toys can become airborne during high winds, causing damage to your home. Place them in a garage or shed.
  • Invest in hurricane-proof windows and garage doors. When hurricane winds blow, they can damage not only your windows, doors and roof, but the actual structure of your home. Invest now in wind load and impact-resistant garage doors, and hurricane-proof windows to ensure the structure of your home stays protected.
  • Have a backup generator installed. Automatic home backup generators, such as ones from Generac, automatically turn on if a hurricane knocks out the power, and remain on during extended outages until power is returned, giving you and your family peace of mind and a sense of safety and security during a storm. They are safer and more convenient to use than portable generators, and more affordable than ever, with a $1,899 starting price.

Even if you don't live in a hurricane zone, use these tips to prepare your home for extreme summer storms. Preparing your family now, before the storm hits, is the best way to prevent damage, power outages and stress during this year's hurricane season.

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