September is National Preparedness Month

Every September, National Preparedness Month is observed to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time. The Ready website breaks down different ways to prepare, focusing on a different aspect every week in September for individuals, families, and communities.

Hurricanes are one of the most damaging national disasters to affect the east coast of the US. The record-breaking 2020 hurricane season produced 30 named storms. Six of these named storms became hurricanes that made landfall in the US, contributing to a total of 45 deaths and millions of dollars in property damage and loss.

CED has written articles that go into depth for the best ways to prepare. Whether it’s battening down the hatches at your home or preparing your business or commercial space for an impending storm, there are important steps to take.

If setting up a portable generator at your home, ensure you’re following the correct operation instructions to avoid Carbon Monoxide poisoning. Never use a generator inside. Even without access to a generator to keep some or all of your home plugged in, you’ll want to know what to do when power comes back on after days without power. Our article explains how a power surge may affect your home and how to mitigate damage. And if you do have to go out shortly after a storm, be aware of downed power lines and always assume that any downed wires are live and dangerous.

Advance planning and preparation can make a big difference in your safety in the wake of a hurricane or significant weather event. Even with the best preparation, disaster can still strike. CED Engineers are experienced with inspecting damage to your home and finding the source – even when it’s a hurricane. Contact us to review your next accident or submit a case request online.

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