How to be Prepared for Rainstorms
As our days continue to heat up, our chances of a thunderstorm increase as well
Regardless of the type of storm, natural disaster, or any other form of unexpected event we recommend having a plan far before it strikes. A rainstorm can range from a typical rainfall to dangerously high winds and tornados or micro-bursts which have caused havoc here in the Hudson Valley.
Before the strike of the storm, be sure to have necessary emergency contacts and information ready in case of a power outage. Additionally, we recommend keeping emergency packs set aside to have in case of an emergency that all members of your household know where it is located and what to do with the materials.
Some examples of what to keep in your emergency kits:
- non-perishable food
- a few gallons of water
- first aid kit
- flashlight along with extra batteries and candles
- portable cell phone chargers (fully charged)
Also, consider keeping a few forms of entertainment like cards or board games as well in case of a prolonged power outage. We recommend creating a paper copy of important contact information for your family and some cash to use in an emergency.
For many dog owners, the sound of thunder in the distance also means taking extra steps to help keep them calm. Discuss what you should do with your pets before the storm. Keep extra food, water, and blankets for each furry friend. If you anticipate needing to evacuate your home during a storm, work on coming up with a game plan of what to do with your pets to ensure their safety.
If you or members of your family have medical conditions and need special care, be sure to map out their care in the event of a power outage, evacuation, and other harm that can be caused by storms as well as having any prescriptions or equipment that may be needed to keep them safe and healthy.
Storms can come out of nowhere and leave behind flooding, wind, and other property damage. To ensure you are protected from potential damages due to rains or high winds, contact one of our insurance experts to discuss what coverages are right for you and your family.