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HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS; THREE IMPORTANT STEPS TO
PROTECT YOUR FAMILY AND HOME
KOHLER, Wis. – 2011 – June is Hurricane Preparedness Month. It marks the beginning of the hurricane season and
serves as a stark reminder of the power and impact of severe summer storms. Being prepared for weather-related
emergencies is your best defense against Mother Nature, however, most American’s do not have a disaster plan in
place to protect their home and loved ones.
“Despite high profile disasters like Hurricane Katrina – as well as increased awareness about the importance of
preparedness – most American’s are under-prepared for weather-related emergencies and disasters,” said Ed Del
Grande, a home improvement expert on HGTVPro.com and the DIY Network. “This June, we’re encouraging
Americans to take simple steps to prepare for hurricanes and other severe storms.”
There are three basic steps everyone can take to help minimize the devastating impact of a hurricane.
Step One – The Basics
Planning ahead can be the difference between life and death. It also correlates with how quickly you can
recover immediately following a disaster. The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, Inc (FLASH®), a non-profit
organization dedicated to promoting disaster safety and property loss mitigation, offers some basic tips that can make a
1. Collect copies of important papers like the deed to your home, insurance paperwork, financial information, etc.
2. Review your property insurance coverage and keep photos and/or a video inventory of your belongings.
3. Collect important phone numbers and store them in your cell phone (i.e. family members, doctor, etc.).
4. Identify your evacuation routes. Have an alternate route planned in case the first option is not navigable.
5. Identify the safest place in your home to ride out a storm and make sure everyone knows where to go.
6. In case your family is not together when a hurricane hits, make sure you have a pre-identified meeting place in
addition to your home, and make sure everyone knows the address and phone number of your meeting spot.
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Step Two – Emergency Kit
When a hurricane hits, there is little time to collect belongings and evacuate. It is imperative to have essential
items prepared and ready to go in a moment’s notice. Experts recommend developing an emergency kit for your
family. Grab a backpack or purchase a large plastic bucket with a lid from a local hardware store or home center. Stuff
the backpack or bucket with three days worth of food and water. Other items should include a flashlight, battery
powered/hand-cranked radio, first aid kit, money, medications and a CD containing important documents. Store the kit
in a place that is easily accessible in an emergency situation.
Step Three – Emergency Power
Power is one of the most important elements of getting your home and/or community back on its feet
following a weather emergency or disaster. A permanent standby generator is often the difference between a
momentary lapse of power and the stress and worry that comes with a lengthy power loss. Virtually all home owners
can benefit from a standby generator, especially those who live in disaster-prone areas.
Unlike a portable generator that has to be constantly fueled with gasoline and must be hand-operated, a
standby generator automatically turns on when the power turns off. A transfer switch automatically monitors utlity
power and transfers the electrical load to the generator if power is lost (usually within 10 seconds). A standby
generator is installed outside the home, much like an air conditioner, and runs on propane or natural gas. It can power
critical appliances and systems in your home, including: lights, furnaces, air conditioners, refrigerators, sump pumps,
home security systems, office equipment and delicate electronics.
“Power is fundamental to disaster recovery,” Del Grande said. “If you can power your home, you can take care
of yourself and your neighbors, which allows emergency first-responders to assist those who are truly in need.”
For additional information about emergency preparedness and disaster recovery, American’s are encouraged to
browse the following websites:
Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH): http://www.flash.org/index.php
Great Hurricane Blowout: http://www.greathurricaneblowout.org/index.php
Kohler Power Systems: http://www.kohlerpower.com/residential/sectionfront.htm?sectionNumber=13561
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Kohler Power Systems is a division of Kohler Co., and provides complete power systems, including generators
(residential, industrial, mobile and marine), automatic transfer switches, switchgear, monitoring controls, and
accessories for emergency, prime power and energy-management applications. Kohler Power Systems has delivered
energy solutions for markets worldwide since 1920. For more information, individuals can visit
Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wis., Kohler Co. is one of the nation’s oldest and largest
privately held companies. Kohler is a global leader in the manufacture of kitchen and bath products, engines and power
generation systems, cabinetry, tile and home interiors, and international host to award-winning hospitality and world-
class golf destinations.