September is peak hurricane season in the Atlantic. With scientists predicting an active year for powerful storms, property owners are wise to plan ahead. Be prepared if a dangerous storm approaches.
As many residents of along the Northeast Corridor know, hurricanes and tropical storms can have a devastating impact. Many have already felt the wrath of Florence to our south. But dangerous storm can and have hit states in the northeastern U.S. as well. In October 2012, Superstorm Sandy and the resulting storm surge destroyed coastal communities from North Carolina to Canada. High winds knocked out power in many areas for weeks – even further inland.
As a property owner, you have critical considerations to make when faced with the approach of a dangerous storm. The most important decision involves personal safety. If authorities order evacuations in your area, leave. Don’t gamble with your life.
Property can always be replaced. There are, however, steps to take ahead of an impending storm to secure your property and valuables. If you are evacuating the area, pack up necessities, such as prescription drugs, cash and important documents. And don’t forget your pets.
Take steps to protect what you leave behind. Stash valuable items that you can’t take with you – such as a large screen T.V. – and lock them up in one room.
Power Outages and Home Security
If you have a home security system, install a fresh battery. Then power down your system until after the after the storm. Most looters won’t be out in the middle of a hurricane. Save your backup battery until the storm passes, but when the power may still be out. Contact the folks at Delco Alarm Systems for a backup battery. We’ll be happy to help.
If an area has been hard-hit by a storm, those who failed to evacuate may break into your home looking for food, clothing and other necessities. They may pass by a property with a security system in lieu of an easier target.
With backup batteries in place you’ll be able to check the security cameras on your smartphone and keep an eye on your property from a remote location. In addition to burglar alarm systems, which will notify you if doors or windows are breached, cameras, glass-break and water sensors are also great tools to have in your property security toolbox.
No security system is invincible during a natural disaster. Flooding, high winds or long-term power outages can knock cameras out of alignment or your system system off-line. But simply by having a security system in place, you have an extra layer of security for your property.
The professionals at Delco Alarm Systems can help you protect your family and your property. Call us at 610-494-9100