Government website has tips for preparing for storms | Real estate report

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(September 16, 2022) Storm planning can be stressful. Planning for storms in a coastal city is even harder, but there are tips ready.gov offers on their website that can help you prepare.

Preparing your home:

• Prior to hurricane season, trim or remove damaged trees and branches to ensure your safety and that of your property.

• Secure loose gutters and downspouts and clear clogged areas or debris to prevent water damage to your property.

• Reduce property damage by retrofitting to secure and reinforce the roof, windows and doors, including garage doors.

• Buy a portable generator or install a generator to use during power outages.

Remember to keep generators and other alternate power/heat sources outdoors, at least 20 feet from windows and doors, and away from moisture; and never attempt to power house wiring by plugging a generator into a wall outlet.

Here are some specific tips for those who live in high-rise buildings:

• Note where the nearest emergency exit is.

• Make sure you know of another way out in case your first choice is blocked.

• Stay away from windows and glass.

• Stay away from exterior walls.

• Determine whether you should stay put, “shelter in place” or move away.

• Do not use elevators.

What to do when a hurricane is imminent:

• If you are not in a recommended evacuation area, plan to stay home or where you are and let friends and family know where you are.

• Close storm shutters and move away from windows.

• Set your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting and open it only when necessary. If you lose power, the food will last longer.

• Charge your cell phone so you have full power in the event of a power outage.

• Turn on your TV/radio or check your city/county’s website every 30 minutes for the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.

– Lauren Bunting is a licensed broker with Keller Williams Realty of Delmarva in Ocean City.


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