When a windstorm hits, PEMCO Insurance stands ready to handle customer claims and answer calls all day and all night. But if you get advance warning of a windstorm, here are steps you can take to minimize damage and inconvenience:
Use common sense – stay inside, out of harm’s way.
Replace batteries in flashlights and portable radios.
Secure awnings, canopies (including truck canopies), garbage cans, barbecues, and other items that could blow away.
Store some water beforehand in gallon containers. This is especially important if you rely on a well (and an electric pump) for your water.
Don’t rely on cordless phones, which don’t work when there’s no power.
After the storm , if you lose power at home:
Unplug TVs, stereos, computers, and appliances to prevent surges when power is restored.
Do NOT use a camp stove, barbecue, or gas lantern in the house. Use them outdoors only. Otherwise, there’s a serious risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Never use a generator indoors, inside the garage, or near the air intake of your house because of carbon monoxide danger.
Be extremely cautious when using candles, which are a leading cause of fires even under normal circumstances. Burn candles only in noncombustible containers, and never leave them unattended.
Avoid opening your refrigerator or freezer. If you must get food out, open the door as briefly as possible to keep the cold air trapped inside.
If you go out, b
e particularly alert for downed power lines.
Be cautious at intersections, where traffic lights might lose power. If the traffic lights are out, treat the intersection as a four-way stop.