Coping with Severe Storms—Tips for your Delaware Valley Home

Hurricane season sign

Posted: June 22, 2018

The official start of the Atlantic hurricane season began June 1, although most of these storms typically occur between August and October. You probably remember these names from last year: Hurricane Harvey (Texas), Hurricane Irma (Florida) and Hurricane Maria (Puerto Rico). These three storms rank among the top five most destructive hurricanes ever recorded.

For 2018, preliminary forecasts have called for a slightly above-average hurricane season, with the possibility of three major hurricanes – defined as Category 3, 4 or 5.

Of course, the Delaware Valley does not typically find itself on a direct track to experience the worst of a hurricane’s fury. Yet, their effects can still do significant damage to your property and cause prolonged power outages. And that’s not even taking into account all those common summer thunderstorms that can disrupt power at any time.

Here are some suggestions for staying safe

  • Create an emergency preparedness plan and review it with your family. Your list should include instructions on how to turn off your propane and water supply.
  • Never turn on a light switch, use any power source, or inspect your household appliances while standing in water! This avoids the risk of electrocution.
  • After the storm passes, carefully check your property for downed power lines, damaged gas lines or damage to your propane tank and appliances. Call us to report any damage.

Other tips

  • Charge all communications equipment – cellphones, laptops, tablets, etc. – in advance of the storm.
  • Stock up on bags of ice to preserve perishable food.
  • Withdraw cash and gas up your car before the storm arrives; power outages could leave you unable to access these essentials.
  • If high winds are predicted, secure lawn furniture and other objects in your yard.
  • Clear storm drains of any debris that could clog and back up rain water.

If you have a generator

  • Follow manufacturer’s instructions on how to use it safely.
  • Have it professionally serviced at least once a year to keep it running reliably.
  • Remember to refuel after use.

If you don’t have a generator, contact us to learn which backup propane generator might be best for your home. Read more about generators.

Stay safe this summer!