Prepare early for the long hurricane season

| by Mike Gersmeyer
Prepare early for the long hurricane season

May 24 marks the start of Hurricane Preparedness Week. Sponsored by the National Weather Service, Hurricane Preparedness Week is a seven-day campaign that raises awareness of the potential damage hurricanes can cause. 

Hurricane season officially begins June 1 and runs through November 30. Even though the season begins soon, the good news is most Atlantic hurricanes typically occur later in the summer and fall, still giving families time to properly prepare for the season ahead.

This year, the National Weather Service is asking people to prepare for hurricane season by developing a family communications plan and to know the community’s evacuation zones.

Having a family communications plan — and an emergency preparedness kit ready — helps keep every member of the family safe should a hurricane hit the area. Researching and learning the community’s hurricane evacuation routes and areas of higher ground can be life-saving pieces of information during an emergency.

Hurricane Preparedness Plan for Homeowners

In addition to a creating a communications plan and knowing evacuation options, here are a few things families can do now to get their homes ready for the hurricane season:

  • Be prepared to cover all of the home’s windows if a storm is approaching. Permanent storm shutters are best, but plywood works, too.
  • Reinforce the roof with straps and clips to secure it to the home’s frame structure.
  • Trim trees and shrubs on the property. Branches can cause a lot of damage if they break off in high winds.
  • Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
  • Reinforce the garage door.
  • Outdoor furniture, patio decorations and garbage cans can become flying debris during a hurricane. Plan to bring these items inside before a storm by clearing a storage space.
  • Consider building a safe room.

Install a Home Standby Generator

Home standby generators can help protect a property and family during a hurricane. Installing a home generator can also prevent power outage costs such as spoiled food and hotel stays.

Installation doesn’t happen overnight, so start the process now with these simple steps:

1)    Watch the GE video on how a standby generator works 
2)    Choose the right product for your home with the GE standby generator sizing calculator
3)    Locate a GE standby dealer in your area
4)    Finally, schedule a dealer to come to your home for an on-site evaluation 

Automatic home standby generators are a great way to avoid many of the power outage issues that can arise in the aftermath of an emergency.


Companies: GE Generator Systems



Mike Gersmeyer
Mike Gersmeyer is the product manager for the Standby Power division at Briggs & Stratton. He has more than 17 years of product development experience in outdoor power equipment, consumer products, paper machinery, and automotive. Gersmeyer’s previous roles at Briggs & Stratton have included program management and engineering management. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School.

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