Hurricane Matthew Storm Preparation | Hurricane & Storm Tips
Hurricane Matthew was recently upgraded from a Category 3 storm to a Category 4 storm with high winds and extremely dangerous weather conditions. The storm has already claimed the lives of more than 280 people in Haiti.
The National Weather Service is urging all Florida residents to be weather-ready and listen to officials and evacuation orders. “Gov. Rick Scott of Florida told the 1.5 million residents in evacuation zones: “You need to leave. Evacuate, evacuate, evacuate.”
While it’s unlikely that NJ will be hit by Hurricane Matthew (the NWS predicts it will move off the coast as it approaches North Caroilina), it’s important to be prepared since it’s difficult to specify impacts in any specific location. Weather forecasts predict the storm to make a sharp turn out to sea on Saturday as it moves up the East Coast to New Jersey/New York. The hurricane has already significantly weakened, but was still at a Category 3 last night. Click here for the latest update on Hurricane Matthew.
Regardless, the threats from weather events are increasing. In fact, in the last 4 years, we’ve had at least 6 hurricanes or “super storms” just here in New Jersey.
Storm and Hurricane Preparation Tips
Emergency Storm and Hurricane Safety
- Listen to all orders from officials. If they tell you to evacuate, do it! Not only can you risk your life, but the lives of emergency personnel as well.
- If you stay, make sure you have a clear emergency escape plan and that your entire household knows it.
- Keep valuables in a fire safety box and hold it near you or place in a safe container (some have recommended the insides of fridges, washers, and dryers).
- Make sure you have an emergency supply kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cell phone, cash, first aid, water, blankets, and copies of important documents.
- Place all other valuable in a garbage bag (or two) and place it in the highest place you can, off the floor.
- Make sure you know the phone number of your insurance company.
- Document your valuables and keep track of all storm damage. You may have to fight with the insurance company to get your house back to normal, but meticulous record-keeping will help immensely.
Basic Storm Preparedness
- Clear all gutters and extend downspouts to move water away from your home.
- Make sure you tell your family where you are at all times, especially if you won’t be home. That way, if you need to be rescued, they’ll know where to look.
- Cover windows to keep high winds from shattering them. And when the storm hits, stay away from windows.
- Watch local news stations for up-to-the-minute alerts and instructions. Sign up for NJ emergency alerts via email or text.
- Whole Home Generators can be wired right into your home’s power supply to provide reliable, continuous service—even during the worst storms of the season. Click here for tips on owning and maintaining a backup generator.
- Many of our customers have also heeded our earlier advice to make sure a sump pump is installed in order to move water away if there’s a back surge. You should test to make sure it’s working every 3 month by pouring a 5 gallon bucket of water into the sump pit to see if the pump automatically turns on. If the pump turns on, go outside and ensure the water is being discharged to the proper location. Learn how to deal with basement flooding.
Remember, your sump pump is only effective if you have power, and in those last 6 storms, millions of New Jersey residents were without power each time. That’s why we recommend installing a generator and a sump pump in high-risk areas.
Millions of potentially flooded basements, millions upon millions of dollars of damage. Even if you have only experienced small leaks in your home, basement waterproofing is still a necessary homeowner task.
For professional basement waterproofing solutions, give Gold Medal Service a call to protect your home and property from water damage.
For more hurricane safety and preparation tips, visit ready.gov.
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We’re currently offering $250 off select Whole Home Generators, so get yours installed ASAP before you find yourself with the lights out and a non-functional sump pump in the midst of a hurricane.
P.S. Our Whole Home Generators are so important that we’re also offering a $0 down, 0% interest loan for up to 60 months so you can get one installed to protect your family right away and pay later.
For New Jersey residents who would like help and suggestions for preparing their homes for severe weather, the professionals at Gold Medal Service are ready to assist. If you have any questions or concerns about electrical, plumbing or HVAC home safety and maintenance, give Gold Medal Service a call at 1-800-553-6060 or schedule an appointment online (available 24/7/365).