May 04, 2018 @ 12:00am

Winterize Your Home and Vehicle

We can’t always avoid winter storms, but we can take precautions to be prepared for the unexpected and recover with as little damage as possible. Things such as winterizing your home and vehicle are some of the best ways to reduce damage.

After all the leaves have fallen, clear the rain gutters one last before winter to prevent ice and snow damage.

Use insulated pipes to prevent them from freezing during cold winter months.

Don’t forget to prepare your heater for the winter. Get your heating equipment tested and in proper working order before the temperature drops.

Make sure your battery-powered carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are in working order and have backup batteries just in case.

Always keep your gas tanks full of gas. Low – empty tanks can freeze and cause problems in the winter months.


Stay Alert


Listen to local TV media or radio for the latest weather updates.

Consider signing up for Volo ThunderCall weather warning service.

An early telephone, text or email warning system designed to automatically deliver targeted weather notifications for the immediate threats of a winter storm or other severe weather warnings within moments of being issued by the National Weather Service.


Be Emergency Ready


Emergency kits are very important to have and can save lives in many disastrous situations.

While a basic emergency kit can do the trick for a snowstorm, make sure your items are waterproof:

  • Nonperishable Food (enough for 72 hours for every person)
  • Bottled water (enough for 72 hours for every person)
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Emergency cell phone
  • Radio
  • Clothes (warm & waterproof jacket and pants)
  • First Aid Kit


Review Coverage

Read and understand your homeowner and auto insurance policies, especially your deductibles. Make sure you have the appropriate amount of insurance coverage to repair and replace damage to your house, car, and valuables.

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