When the Power Goes Out, Can You Get Out of Your Garage?

Power outages are common occurrences in many parts of the country and their frequencies have been steadily rising over the years. Occasional outages can be a nuisance and disruptive to our lives but they can also pose serious life safety risks especially during natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and wildfires.

One way to help ensure continuous operation of garage doors and timely evacuations during power outages is to install backup batteries on the garage door openers. Continue reading

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Leaving in a Moment’s Notice:
What To Pack in an Emergency “Go Bag”

No matter where you live, there is a chance of a catastrophe occurring that may require you to leave quickly with little or no notice. Be aware of what types of catastrophes your area is prone to and what steps you can take to prepare in advance of the event. Are you prepared to leave in a moment’s notice?

Preparing ahead of time is the first step to keeping yourself and your family safe in a time of crisis. Along with your established family emergency plan, you should create several emergency “Go Bags” that contain essential items you may need if forced to evacuate. Keep in mind it could be several days before some sort of normalcy returns to an area affected by a catastrophe. Continue reading

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Is There a “Leak” In Your Earthquake Preparedness Plan?

Third in a series of articles about earthquake preparedness. For residents in California and other seismically active regions of the county, the word “earthquake” conjures up frightening news footage images of toppled walls, collapsed roofs, and cracked foundations. As disturbing and devastating … Continue reading

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Earthquake Preparedness: Don’t Forget About Your Water Heater!

The term “earthquake preparedness” inspires thoughts of emergency kits, flashlights, bottled water and canned goods. Although these items are extremely necessary, it is also important to ensure that proper precautions have been taken throughout your home.

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Do You Have an Equine Evacuation Plan?

Having a disaster plan is critical to keeping your animal companions safe. But horses require extra consideration because of their size and specific transportation needs. In an emergency you may not have much time to safely evacuate your animals so … Continue reading

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You Are Your Own Early Warning System

The earthquake and multiple aftershocks that hit Nepal in April 2015 stunned the world in the size and scope of their devastation. The unfortunate reality with earthquakes is not just the damage they cause, but the fact that you cannot prepare for them. There are no “Earthquake Alerts”, “Watches” or “Warnings” as there are with hurricanes, tornadoes or floods. And earthquakes can hit anywhere and anytime; fault lines that are currently dormant could become active at any given moment. Continue reading

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Preparedness In a Kit

September (designated as National Preparedness Month by FEMA) is a good time to make sure you have materials and information to help your family cope in the aftermath of a disaster.

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Seismic Situations

Recent earthquakes in Chile and Mexico are a reminder that earthquakes are a fact of life and can occur anywhere. If you had 45 seconds to evacuate your house during an earthquake, what would you take? Answering that question long before … Continue reading

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Are You Prepared?

A snowstorm with leaves still on the trees was an unlikely event for many Northeastern states.  For homeowners left without electricity due to fallen trees and downed power lines, the difference between a chaotic and more comfortable week was whether they were … Continue reading

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