Hurricane season 2017 could be one of the worst in more than a decade.
Are you prepared, or have you become complacent?
It has been more than a decade since a major hurricane made landfall in the United States. According to the National Hurricane Center, this is the longest stretch in history without a Category 3 or greater striking the country since record keeping began. So odds are that this year or next could bring a significant series of landfall storms and these could hit here in the Northeast.
While hurricane season’s official start is June 1st and remains in effect until November 30th. This does not limit these events to a specific timeframe. Power outages occur from forces of “Mother Nature” at any time.
Here in the Northeast we have experienced major impacts of storms in the past 10 years including Ike, Irene, Debby, Isaac and Sandy, but not a hurricane. Our power grid continues to be more vulnerable as time passes so these storms could have quite an effect so it’s critical to be prepared.
Hurricanes can cause serious damage, whether wind or water related. Rebuilding takes time and money. While most reminders of recent storms are no longer so visible in this area we should remember the devastation and prepare for the worst.
Do you have an emergency plan for your family?
Power outages affect wide areas and leave millions of utility customers without power. Utility crews take days and sometimes weeks to restore power for all customers. Basements flood without sump pumps. Hot humid air promotes mold growth. Food spoils without refrigeration. Standby Automatic generators are the best resource to guard against long-term outages.
Along with a backup power generator, everyone should have a week’s supply of non-perishable food, water and medicine for each family member. Goods and services are in short supply after a hurricane. Have flashlights, batteries, and even solar powered charging on hand.
Your home is probably the primary place of shelter for you and your family. This is where you go to stay safe during extreme weather. Ensure a supply of electrical power to keep your home heated or cool, dry and safe. A standby generator will power your central air conditioner and furnace along with refrigerators and freezers. During wet weather, they keep sump pumps running and the lights on.
The time to install a generator is before you need one. A back up power source is a necessity not a luxury. If you have not prepared with an Automatic Standby Generator or a portable generator, contact Lucci Electric to help solve your emergency power needs.