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Storm preparedness could prevent disaster

As we roll into summer, hurricane season is just around the corner and will kick off in June. 

How prepared are you for severe weather? Art Aiello, public relations manager for Generac Power Systems said waiting to get ready may not be in your best interest.

“The real reason to prepare in advance is because storms are unpredictable and stressful,” said Aiello. “Using hurricane season last year for example, most forecasts predicted and average or below average hurricane season. That did not account for Matthew, and hurricane Matthew knocked out power for about a million people.”

Aiello said the power of preparation is all about getting ready well in advance. He said there are a few things you should consider getting together when you have time to prepare.

Those items include:

  • food and water supply for you and your family for at least 3 days (this includes pets)
  • medications
  • generator
  • first aid kit
  • flashlights
  • batteries
  • weather radio
  • extra blankets and clothing
  • contact numbers
  • matches

“Take a look at whatever backup power supply you might need in the event of an emergency,” said Aiello. “Sometimes it is important, especially if you have small children, that you have the ability to have lights and appliances on in the event of a storm.”


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