Prepare for the Storm with these Tips

Home Improvement

The agents and staff of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Severna Park share there tips for storm preparedness, 

•Make sure all cell phones, laptops, and I-pads are fully charged and if you have any portable chargers, they are fully charged and ready to go ~ Sandy Leopker

•If you have an outdoor grill, be sure to have charcoal or a full propane tank. It's a great treat to be able to heat up water, or grill some meats that might be lost if not cooked when the refrigerator loses power.  ~ Sandy Leopker

•Make sure that gutters and downspouts are clean/clear of debris. Downspouts must be extended away from the foundation. If you are uncertain during times of heavy downpours add extra length of pipe to channel water away from foundation. ~ Philip Evaul

•Check sump pump for proper operation and have replaced if necessary. Consider adding a second sump pump and a battery backup system in case of power failure. ~ Philip Evaul

•Make sure drains at the bottom of outside stairwells are clear of debris. ~ Mark Grifo

•Don’t run with scissors ~ Mark Grifo

•Buy block of dry ice for cooler ~ Melanie Wood

•Fill the bathtub with water – in case water goes out ~ Melanie Wood

•Put bottles of water in the freezer a few days in advance. Use it to keep food cold if the power goes out then for water when they thaw. ~ Amy Jones

•Stock up on non-perishables, obviously.  Don't forget a manual can opener ~ Jessica Shamer

•Do your laundry NOW, while you still have electricity ~ Jessica Shamer

•If you have pets put grass or sod in a baby pool for them to use the potty in the garage ~ Jessica Shamer

•Clear rain gutters. People often are not even aware they are clogged. ~ Rick Smith

•Before the storm, unplug all electronics. There will be power surges during and after the storm ~ Tammy Brill

•Remember, pets are family too. Take them with you ~ Tammy Brill

•Gas up your car and have a spare gas container for your generator or your car when you run out ~ Tammy Brill

•Store or cover outdoor furniture, toys and grill ~ Jen Kenney 

•Reevaluate your Homeowners insurance and Flood Coverage ~ Chris Clunk 

•Sock up on  candles, snacks, and wine ~ Cara McKenrick

•If you have children in the home be sure to have board games, crafts, and other activities handy ~ Cara McKenrick

•Stock up on water. A house on well and septic loses water during power outages ~ Rob Fraser

•Be sure to check in on elderly family, friends, and neighbors ~ Cherie Perfetta 

•Make sure you have extra medications stored in a waterproof case ~ Elizabeth Parks

•Have one months worth of cash on hand ~ Elizabeth Parks

•Keep important documents in a watersafe/ fireproof case ~ Elizabeth Parks