ELIZABETH, N.J- As Hurricane Sandy quickly approaches our area, we wanted to reach out to our friends, clients, and colleagues to provide some tips to help you prepare your home and your business against the storm.
Before the Storm Hits:
Cover windows and doors and secure outdoor furniture.
Make sure you have three gallons of water per family member.
Refill your prescriptions, fill up your car with gas and withdraw a week’s worth of cash since power outages may interrupt these services temporarily.
Place important, valuable papers such as your log of possessions in waterproof bags.
If you live in a trailer home and are told to evacuate, do so immediately.
During the Storm:
You should have canned food for at least three days and a can opener.
Listen to your battery-operated radio for instructions from the local authorities on evacuation and safety guidelines.
Seek shelter in an interior room away from windows, such as a closet. If you hear the winds subside, do not assume that the storm is over. The calm may be the eye of the storm, in which the worst part is yet to come.
If the electricity goes out, use a flashlight to see; do not use candles.
After the Storm:
Make sure you have pet food and supplies for three days.
When inspecting your home for damage, wear sturdy shoes and clothing as protection.
Contact a trained expert to turn off damaged utilities and appliances instead of trying to do it yourself.
Drink only bottled water until tap water is deemed safe.
It is important to take these precautionary measures because homeowners and property insurance policies do not cover the peril of flood and have limited coverage for loss of power. If you have purchased separate flood coverage, coverage will not extend to property that is below grade level. It is important to move TVs, computers, and other electronics and valuables to higher elevations.