Preparing for the Storm:

  • With the possibility of water coming into the home, unplug all electronics and move them a safe distance from the ground to avoid water getting into the devices.
  • If a major storm comes and you don’t have a main surge protector, turn off your breaker to avoid power surges; if recommended by emergency officials.
  • If you have a standby generator, make sure it has been properly maintained by a licensed electrician and is in running order.
  • Make sure to trim or clear trees and limbs near your home.
  • Always make sure you have flashlights, candles, lighters, extra portable power banks, and water.

During the Storm:

  • You should remember generator safety! Portable generators should be outside in a well-ventilated area. Never operate a generator inside the garage or home, which will fill the area with carbon monoxide and increase the risk of CO poisoning, and potentially death. Make sure your generator is correctly installed by a licensed electrician if it’s wired to your house.

After the Storm:

  • Don’t use electronics that have been underwater.
  • Walk around the house and make sure there is no damage to the outlets, panels, overhead power lines, or lighting. If something does look damaged call a licensed electrician and get it repaired as soon as possible to prevent further damage and costly repairs.