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Maryland News: Preparing Your Home For Hurricane Joaquin


Hurricane Joaquin seems, at this point, to have it’s sights set directly on the Chesapeake Bay, and expected to make landfall this weekend.  Flooding, wind damage, falling trees, power outages, etc., could all be factors for Marylanders in the next few days.  Preparedness is essential to limit damages to your home, automobiles, and other personal items throughout the upcoming storm.


ExecuHome Realty has put together the following list of simple steps you can take BEFORE the storm arrives to make sure you, your family, your pets, and your home, are all ready for the “fun”:

  • Outside your home, make sure to bring in anything that can be picked up by the wind (children’s toys, bicycles, lawn furniture, etc.)

  • Check your medical first aid kit to make sure potential missing supplies are restocked

  • If you are lucky enough to have a generator, make sure it has gas (and while you are at it, you should make sure to fill your car’s gas tank up as well)

  • Stay tuned to the local weather reports or the National Weather Service for information regarding the storm, especially regarding possible evacuations.

  • Turn your refrigerator and freezer to highest settings, and keep them closed as much as possible so your food will last if the power goes out.

  • Turn off propane tanks and unplug small appliances.

  • Make sure all windows and doors throughout your home are completely closed, secured, and locked.

  • If you have extensions on the drains coming from your roof, make sure they are attached securely and directed as far from your home as possible.

  • Be mindful that if you have a sump pump and the power goes out, it won’t work. So make sure you have an alternative plan to deal with this, such as a generator, or battery backup.

Here is an additional list of important supplies and other necessities you should have easy access to (because you could be in the dark) during the storm:

  • Water (at least a 3-day supply)

  • Food (non-perishable 3-day supply)

  • Battery powered radio

  • Extra batteries

  • First aid kit

  • Medications (7-day supply, and don’t forget about your pets medication as well)

  • Multi-purpose tool (leathermans tool, Swiss Army knife)

  • Sanitation and personal hygiene products

  • Copies of personal documents (Birth certificates, passports, drivers license, medication list, proof of address)

  • Cell phone with chargers

  • Emergency contact information

  • Extra cash

  • Baby supplies

  • Pet supplies

  • Extra set of car/home keys

  • Extra clothes, including a pair of rugged shoes

  • Rain gear

  • Camera for photos of potential damage

ExecuHome Realty hopes this list is both unnecessary yet useful throughout the pending storm and that all Marylanders get through it safely and without damage to their home and other items.  Stay Safe Maryland!


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