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The return of spring also means the return of storm season. By taking a few storm prep steps this year, you can dramatically improve your family’s safety and reduce the risk of property damage when storms hit.

Plan ahead

Successful storm prep requires that you plan ahead before you’re faced with a crisis. Put together an emergency plan that sets out what should be done when a storm threatens. Determine the safest and sturdiest areas of your home and designate them as the place to gather during storms. Establish an evacuation route and an outdoor meeting place. Make sure everyone knows how to turn off the electricity and gas and, if there’s time, ensure they are shut off before the storm. Determine a common area to get back together after the storm in case family members are separated by work, school, or other activities.

Stock up on supplies

Put together a selection of emergency supplies that can help keep you and your family members warm, dry, and safe during and after the storm. Maintain a three-day supply of fresh water (one gallon per person per day) and non-perishable food, such as canned goods, MREs, or camping foods. Keep extra blankets, dry clothing, and wet-weather gear on hand. Maintain a stock of survival gear, including first aid kit, extra tools, fire extinguisher, flashlights, fresh batteries, and a weather radio. Create small personal care packets with items such as pre-moistened washcloths, feminine hygiene supplies, toothpaste and toothbrushes, deodorant, and hair brushes. Set aside a ten-day supply of medications and some emergency cash.

Get your home ready

Put in storm doors and windows. Cover HVAC equipment and secure outdoor furniture or other loose objects that could be blown around during strong winds. Trim trees to eliminate weak branches that could fall or create a hazard.

For more than thirty years, NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating has provided top-quality professional HVAC services to customers in Martin County, Palm Beach County, and Indian River County. Contact us today for more information on how to get ready for spring storms and for expert storm prep advice.