New England has some of the most predictable weather in the country. Every year, we gear up for at least 2 – 3 big storms – called Nor’easters – which can dump several feet of snow, ice and other wintry mix on our houses, roads, vehicles, etc. Although the children of CT will revel in the snow days by making snow angels, snowmen and awesome sled ramps, the rest of us are left to prepare for the potential damage and aftermath that comes along with these storms.
As you know, CT was hit pretty hard with a Nor’easter this week, so we would like to share some tips with you to help you prepare for the next storms that are likely to come:
Clear Your Yard – Make sure that any light, loose items in your yard are moved into the garage or a storage area. The heavy winds that come along with Nor’easters can whip these items into your home, possibly breaking windows and causing harm to your family. This goes for any loose branches on trees that you can safely take down yourself.
Emergency Stockpile – Keep your shelves full of non-perishable foods and at least 2 gallons of water per person per day. It may seem like overkill, but having enough necessities for two weeks is important during winter storms. If you get trapped inside your home due to snowdrifts or downed power lines, you want to ensure that you and your family will stay nourished.
Insurance Claims – If any damage is sustained, document it by taking pictures with your phone or camera. By submitting these photos with your insurance claim, your independent insurance agent can expedite the process and more accurately detail your needs. Also, if repairs are needed to prevent further damage, retain any receipts and/or invoices. Some of the work you have done may be covered by your homeowners policy.