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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Shedding Light on Generators

Power failures can occur at any time of year. Extended power failures can be caused by natural disasters such as windstorms, ice storms, wildfires or earthquakes. Grid-disabling natural disasters can cause power interruptions longer than 24 hours for millions of customers.

Backup generators can make life easier during a power failure. The two main types of generators are portable and permanently installed. 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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Preparing for the Storm

Every year from June 1st to November 30th, coastal residents brace for “Hurricane Season”. One of nature’s most fierce natural disasters poses problems if you’re not prepared. Knowing your vulnerabilities and having a plan can help save your family’s lives and protect your property.

A preparedness plan addresses vulnerabilities and provides guidance on how to best protect your family and property. The following preparations are a good starting point for protecting your most prized possessions and should be part of your plan.
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Could Your Driveway Gate Lock Out Emergency Responders?

Perimeter walls, gates and fences do a great job of maintaining privacy, but these physical barriers could also delay help during an emergency. When a call for help is received, first responders need immediate access to gated properties – and … Continue reading

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Protecting Unoccupied Homes During Hurricane Season

Every winter, the cold and snow up North send millions of people packing for second homes in warm, sunny regions along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts. As spring arrives, they start to return to their primary residences—just as the hurricane season is about to get underway. Continue reading

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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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Whole Lotta Shakin’

If you had 45 seconds to evacuate your house during an earthquake, what would you take?
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