How to Prepare for Tornado Season
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In Central Arkansas, chances are, you’ll find yourself in a pinch preparing for the next predicted tornado. Energy conservation will immediately become a priority, as you don’t know if you’ll have power after the storm hits. It’s important to take the appropriate precautions in case you do lose power because electricity could take several days to be restored. Otherwise, you and your family could end up without any fresh food, water, or communication devices to get in touch with emergency services. In times like these, having a backup power source can be quite valuable. 

Here, we’ll take a look at a few steps you can take to prepare for tornado season. 

Plan Accordingly 

Before a tornado is headed your way, develop a thorough plan to keep yourself and your family safe. You’ll also want to minimize the risk of injury should the tornado hit your home or the surrounding areas.

Power Up Electronics & Essentials

If the tornado has already hit, you’ll probably be without power and need alternative light sources. That’s when having access to functional flashlights is most important in order to lengthen the lifespan of your mobile devices; while they may be another means of illumination, it is best to save the battery power for necessary communication only when storms hit your area. 

A flashlight should be available to each person in the home, so when you know a storm is coming your way, stock up on batteries. Go the extra mile, and replace the batteries in the flashlights with the new ones if the old ones might be old and worn out. That way, you have maximum light in the case of an emergency, and you’re not caught fumbling around for the batteries while trying to fit them into each flashlight. 

Prep The Home

Besides preparing for the loss of light, you should consider the very surmountable threats that come with tornadoes: flying debris. The most important thing to remember is that any entry area, such as windows and doors, could be quite hazardous during a storm. 

Ensure all entryways are closed throughout the home to diminish the danger associated with these spots. If, for some reason, you cannot close windows, cover them with plywood. 

Install Backup Power

When you’re frequently concerned about power outages in your area, generator installation can make all the difference for you and your family. A generator can provide electricity to your home, so you can safely navigate throughout the space, stay connected in case of an emergency, and keep your family fueled with food and water. 
With that said, connecting with a trusted, reliable generator dealer like us will provide you with quality service and home protection. Contact Staley today to discuss generator installation or maintenance options!

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