Residents of the Gulf Coast are busy preparing as Tropical Storm Isaac churns toward them; it’s expected to become a Category 1 hurricane—and hit land—Tuesday. At Paul Davis Restoration of Central Maine, we recognize that no matter where you live, disaster can strike at any time. We want to help you be prepared. Here’s a list of the top five things you should do in advance of a storm—keep these tips handy so you’re prepared to be prepared.
The top 5 ways you can prepare for a disaster:
1. Stock up
Make sure your basic emergency kit is fully stocked. It should include:
• Three-day supply of food and water for each member of your family
• Flashlight and extra batteries
• First aid kit
• Portable radio
• Changes of clothing and a sleeping bag per person
• Copies of all important records (IDs, insurance papers, emergency information and priority documents) in a waterproof container
2. Cover up
One of the best ways to protect your home from storm damage is by covering all of your windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection; if a storm is approaching and you don’t have shutters, board up your windows with plywood—tape alone will not protect your windows from wind damage!
3. Clean up
If a natural disaster is on its way, take a few moments to prepare your yard. Move all outdoor furniture, toys, garbage cans and anything else that’s not secure or tied down into your home to prevent these items from becoming projectiles during the storm.
4. Study up
In the event of a natural disaster, it’s important for you to know your surroundings. Is your property flood-prone? Do you know the quickest way to higher ground? Where’s the nearest shelter, and will they accept you if you have pets? Do nearby levees and dams pose threats to your property? Learn all you can now to keep you and your family safe when disaster strikes.
5. Get out
If local authorities direct you to evacuate, you should do so immediately. Follow all instructions and stick to the suggested evacuation routes.
In recognition of National Preparedness Month in September, we at Paul Davis Restoration of Central Maine are committed to providing useful and relevant safety and emergency tips for commercial property and homeowners. Check in weekly for the latest information to help you prepare for and ride out disasters from tropical storms to wildfires.
Paul Davis Restoration of Central Maine services the following communities: Bangor Brewer, Old Town, Ellsworth, MDI, Houlton, Waterville, Augusta, and surrounding towns in Central & Down East Maine.