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Welcome to our storm preparedness page! Living in New England we see all the glories that Mother Nature has to offer with each season. The beauty of the first snowfall, gently covering the landscape and eliciting images of Norman Rockwell. The sudden arrival of spring, the literal rebirth of nature. The warm summer days that invite trips to the beach. And the arrival of fall with the burst of foliage and return to snuggly sweaters and apple picking. But we also see the harshest side of Mother Nature when she unfurls her wrath in the form of a blizzard, hurricane or flooding. And it is for this reason that we have created this page. So let’s take a look at what preparations we should take for whatever Mother Nature throws our way!

The following recommendations are a distilled, quick-look version of the information available at Ready.gov. Here are six important things to know BEFORE a disaster strikes!

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To summarize the video, learn and enact the following BEFORE disaster arrives on your doorstep:

  • Learn how to shut off your natural gas line (if you have it), your water supply and your electricity
  • Create or update your emergency boxes and “to go” bags.
  • Create an emergency communication plan for your family/household.
  • Make sure you have your insurance in force and proper coverages. Remember, standard homeowners insurance DOES NOT cover flood.
  • If you are pet owners, plan for their safety during a disaster. Many shelters will NOT accept pets. Make sure you have up-to-date documentation of their shots, etc.
  • Know your evacuation routes and how you will leave the area if instructed to do so (this is VERY important for people that may not have their own transportation). And make sure to fuel up your vehicles in advance of a storm threat.
  • Ensure that you have an emergency money fund in cash in case stores can be open but may not have access to their credit card machines due to line outages.
  • If a storm does hit our area, be sure that you also have power back-ups for your cell phones. High winds will take down power and communication lines so you may need to rely on your cell. Make sure your phones are fully charged and have a few battery backups so you have enough power for at least three days. And sign up to receive your local emergency alerts on your cell…as your home phone and access to your computer may be eliminated.
  • If needed, ensure that you, your family member or neighbors are registered with the “Special Needs Registry” with your local municipality or state.

NOW is the time to prepare for an emergency situation, when you are clear headed and have ample time. If you try to get this all done as a storm is looming, you may miss critical needs and end up costing yourself time, trouble and money.