Stay safe in the storm: Hurricane and tropical storm preparedness tips
Interstate Batteries Recommends Safety and Preparation Tips During Hurricane Season
Hurricane season. Those two words quickly capture the attention of communities along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts. From August through November, residents of those towns keep a wary eye to the sky as atmospheric conditions are most prevalent to create hurricanes and spinoff tornadoes.
Interstate Batteries Technical Services Manager Gale Kimbrough, also known as “Mr. Battery,” encourages residents along the coast to prepare for the hurricane season by stocking up ahead of time with emergency preparedness items. These include flashlights, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible), extra batteries, cellphones with charger, and other battery-operated and power-generating items that would be useful during a severe storm.
Interstate Batteries, through its Interstate All Battery Center® locations, provides battery assistance to consumers, the American Red Cross and other rescue organizations across the United States. Kimbrough recommends following the Red Cross emergency preparedness guidelines in preparation before and response during a hurricane:
Red Cross Hurricane Preparation Tips
- Bring inside anything that can be picked up by the wind (bicycles, lawn furniture).
- Close your windows, doors and hurricane shutters. If you do not have hurricane shutters, close and board up all windows and doors with plywood.
- Turn your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting. Keep them closed as much as possible so food will last longer if the power goes out.
- Turn off propane tank.
- Unplug small appliances.
- Fill your car’s gas tank.
- Create a hurricane evacuation plan with members of your household. Planning and practicing your evacuation plan minimizes confusion and fear during the event.
- Find out about your community’s hurricane response plan. Plan routes to local shelters, register family members with special medical needs and make plans for your pets to be cared for.
- Obey evacuation orders. Avoid flooded roads and washed-out bridges.
- Gather at least a three-day supply of water; one gallon per person per day. Gather at least a three-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food.
Interstate All Battery Center has assembled a handy checklist you can use when preparing for hurricanes or tropical storms.
“Being prepared is imperative, especially during storm season, but it requires planning ahead,” Kimbrough said. “We’ve helped countless people and relief organizations power through storms. Our Interstate All Battery Center team is on hand to help families stay safe during severe weather.”