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Are You Ready?
Hurricane preparedness is something most homeowners don't think about until the last minute. Does
this sound like you? Do you have an emergency kit? Got the hurricane evacuation route plotted
out? Lets look at a few things you should do to get prepared now.
Shutter Your Windows
You dont want glass blasting into your home. Do you remember the trip to Home Depot the last
time a hurricane threatened to visit? Plywood, batteries, and generators - all gone. So why not buy
your plywood to cover your windows now?
Its not so bad. Just measure all your windows to figure out how many sheets of half-inch plywood
to buy. While youre there, pick up some PLYLOX hurricane window clips. These make securing the
plywood a snap.
Call for Tree Trimming Services Now
How often do you hire a tree trimming company. If you relpy "never," youre in good comapny!
Truth be told though, one of the main reasons trees fall down in high winds is branch density. The
price you pay for annual tree pruning is a bargain compared to the price of a new roof.
Put Together Disaster Kits
Hurricane emergency kits are easy to assemble. And mandatory. Youll need to put back
enough non-perishable food and bottled water to last your family a week. This is like the plywood;
do it now!
Everytime you go to the grocery store, just pick up a can of Spam and a can of vegetables. Start
putting them in a storage container in the garage or in the back of your pantry. Theres a lot
of high quality emergency preparedness kits on the market. Youve seen them; theyre
chock full of emergency medical supplies? Buy one.
Actually, buy two. Chances are your neighbors will forget to buy one.
Buy a NOAA Weather Alert Radio
Public notification of weather conditions is the key to knowing whats coming. Get a weather
alert radio to stay in the know. The best models not only work under battery power, but have a crank
The bottom line is this: don't wait for the weather to be on top of you. Prepare now. Youll
thank me later. Youre welcome.