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Electric Generators Direct offers helpful advice and tips for preparing for an impending hurricane. By loading up on supplies before the storm hits, you can be more comfortable in the blackout aftermath.

Hurricane Preparedness

How to Prepare For a Hurricane

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Hurricane Preparedness

Typically, you know a hurricane is coming.

You can track its progress and growth as it moves west through the Atlantic and Caribbean.

But, that doesn't make a hurricane any less devastating.

Nothing you can do will mitigate the strength of a storm, but there is plenty you can do before it hits to get ready for the after-effects.



Stocking Up
For those living in hurricane-prone areas, you know exactly how long a power outage can last in the wake of a storm. With this in mind, it's advantageous to stock up on necessities before the storm hits.

Once the storm has done it's damage and estimates are given as to how long it will take to restore power, that's when the shelves of stores really go bare. Don't wait, plan ahead. You'll want to stock up on the following items.
    Stock Up On Hurricane Supplies
  • Flashlights & Batteries

  • Non-perishable food

  • Candles & Matches

  • Sanitary water

  • 12-volt/Car adapter to charge electronics

  • First-Aid Kit

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Hurricane Evacuation Route
Beyond supplies, it's important to be aware of your surroundings. Are you in an evacuation zone? Do you have an evacuation plan? Do you live in a flood plane?

These are all important questions to ask before the storm hits. Having a plan and knowing what to expect will help you stay calm and keep you and your family safe.


Generator Preparedness
Gas Tank
If you're lucky enough to already own a generator, or can get your hands on one, there are a few things to keep in mind.

We recommend stocking up on gasoline. If the power is out, you won't be able to pump gas from the gas pumps unless the station has a generator. In the event of an extended blackout, gas supplies can easily be exhausted. Stock up beforehand to avoid the hassles of running out.

Extension Cords
If you don't have a manual transfer switch, you need to make sure you have several sturdy extension cords on hand. You'll have to plug appliances directly into the cords and back to the generator. Plus, you need to have enough cord that you can keep the generator far enough from your home to prevent deadly carbon monoxide poisoning.


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Electric Generators Direct offers helpful advice and tips for preparing for an impending hurricane. By loading up on supplies before the storm hits, you can be more comfortable in the blackout aftermath.