Living in Florida, we know storm safety is about more than just stocking up on snacks. While it can be fun to hunker down with candles and board games, it’s still important to stay safe inside while keeping an eye on what’s going on outside. When the power’s out and the WiFi is down, the experts at ServiceMaster by Glenn’s recommend having the right equipment on hand as part of your storm supplies kit and power outage plan. Read on to learn what gadgets you need to keep safe the next time a big one hits.

This one’s a must if you live anywhere that’s subjected to regular or catastrophic storm activity. These radios receive weather emergency information and instructions, tailored to your specific location, from authorities like the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Since these radios can run on batteries (or even a hand crank) and receive their signals from nearby transmitters, you can stay informed even when your power and Internet go down.

Everyone knows you need a flashlight as part of your essential storm supplies, and today’s technology means flashlights are brighter and more reliable than ever before. For starters, always go with an LED flashlight. These varieties tend to have the strongest beams and longest battery life. Water-resistant models are also a good idea, as they won’t go haywire in the rain. (For everyone’s safety, however, ServiceMaster by Glenn’s recommends staying indoors during weather emergencies.)

Some LED specialty lights for camping are also great for storm safety. Look for ones that are compact, store easily and can float in water. Many heavy-duty LED flashlights run on a rechargeable lithium battery, so keep yours powered up for when the power is down.

If clean water runs low, you’ll be glad you have a purifier on hand. There are filter-based purifiers, but you can also get ones that use UV light. Yours should be able to remove pathogens such as bacteria as well as physical sediment.

While an ordinary thunderstorm can knock out your electricity for a couple hours, hurricanes can leave you in the dark for days. If it looks like the power could be out for a while and you still want to be able to use lights, appliances and other essentials, get a generator. Small versions can keep just the basics up and running, while larger generators can power your entire house. Be sure to keep plenty of fuel on hand, safely stored and accessible when you need it.

About ServiceMaster By Glenn’s

ServiceMaster By Glenn’s provides water damage restoration, flood damage, fire damage repair, smoke damage, mold remediation and disaster planning and recovery services to the Treasure Coast.  Located in Vero Beach, they service the surrounding cities of Sebastian, Ft. Pierce, Port St. Lucie, Jensen Beach, Stuart, Palm City and Hobe Sound. Learn more about ServiceMaster By Glenn’s restoration services at waterdamagespecialists.com or call 772-567-4435.  

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