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Ready, Set…Winter Storm!

I’ve heard it called “Snowmaggedon” and “Storm of 2011.”  You know what I am talking about it, this huge storm that is coming across the country this week.  According to The Weather Channel, over 100 million people will be affected by this storm as it is supposed to touch in at least 29 states.  Michigan is not excluded from this.  Though the good part is that we could be seeing some “Snow Days,” there could also be damage due to wind and snow, so you should be prepared.

Back-up Generator:

The last thing you want to do on a cold, windy, snowy day is sit in a dark house.  Though FLAME recommends automatic stand-by generators, it is understandable if you do not have time to have one installed before Wednesday.  Therefore, you can purchase a less-expensive portable one at places like Walmart.  If you already have an automatic stand-by generator…fantastic!

Stock up:

Before it snows, go fill up your car with gas and stock up on food, water and milk.  Maybe make a bunch of soup ahead of time so that you are all ready to just stay inside beside a fireplace during “Snowmageddon.”  Also, purchase some non-perishable food…just in case.  Unless you made gazpacho, you probably do not want cold soup if your stove or microwave is not working.  Other items to have on hand: a shovel, flashlights and batteries, blankets, etc…  If the roads are really bad, you may even want to consider picking up your prescriptions a couple days early.

Troubleshoot:

If you have the time, consider cutting down big branches near your home, in case high winds knock them down and also add some insulation around pipes.

FLAME also offers 24/7 emergency service, so if you have any problems, please do not feel shy about calling.

For more information about this storm check out The Weather Channel’s website.  For more information about preparing for storms, check out this site where I got most of my information., “How to Prepare for a Winter Storm,” last, but not least, if you have any questions or interests about generators or in electrical work contact FLAME! Last, but not least…don’t forget to pick up an extra sled (for the hopeful snow day )

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