Extreme weather events have become more and more common in our region and right here in Nova Scotia. And that often comes with power outages, especially during unpredictable Atlantic winters. While we can’t control the weather, we can provide some advice to help you protect your home. So, let’s explore how to keep your home safe and sound during a power outage. And be sure to download our free Emergency Storm Kit Checklist – linked below.
Before the Storm: Fortify Your Home
Before the storm clouds gather, ensuring your home is prepared for any potential power outages is crucial. It is smart to be proactive by reviewing your insurance coverage, creating an emergency kit, and securing your property against the impending weather.
- Check Your Insurance Coverage: Before the storm hits, take a moment to review your home insurance policy. Make sure it covers potential damages caused by power outages, such as food spoilage and appliance damage. If you have any questions or concerns about your policy, be proactive and contact your insurance provider.
- Emergency Kit Preparation: As the saying goes, “It’s better to be safe than sorry.” Prepare an emergency kit with essentials like flashlights, batteries, phone chargers, candles, non-perishable food items, and a first aid kit. Don’t forget to keep important documents, like insurance policies and identification, in a waterproof container. Download our handy, free Storm Kit Checklist to help you create your own kit.
- Secure Outdoor Items: A common concern in the Nova Scotia climate is the strong winds that can turn everyday items into projectiles. Secure your outdoor furniture, grills, and any loose items that could cause damage during a storm.
During the Outage: Stay Safe and Informed
When the lights go out, safety becomes the priority. Stay safe during power outages by prepping your flashlights, maintaining food safety, and staying informed through reliable sources. Discover practical tips to navigate through the dark and uncertain moments.
- Safety First: During a power outage, safety is top of mind. Use a flashlight or battery-powered camping lamp to be as safe as possible. When using candles, never leave them unattended or lit while you sleep. Unplug electronic devices to avoid damage from power surges when the electricity is restored.
- Food Safety: Keep your refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible during outage periods to maintain a cold temperature. A well-insulated freezer can keep food frozen for up to 48 hours. If the outage is prolonged, consider using a cooler with ice packs or snow for perishable items.
- Safe Generator Use. Generators are becoming increasingly common, and given the frequency of power outages, they can be a big help. You’ve probably seen news reports of fatal outcomes from those operating a gas-powered generator indoors. Never run a generator indoors; when used outdoors, ensure it is positioned at the manual recommended distance from the walls.
- Stay Informed: Tune in to local news and weather updates using your phone or a battery-powered radio. Having an external phone charger or battery block is recommended. Needless to say, you’ll want to follow the power company updates via their website and social media for real-time updates on damages and restoration efforts. Here’s a quick link to the Nova Scotia Power Outage Map.
After the Storm: Assessing and Reporting Damages
Once the storm subsides, it’s time to assess the aftermath. If you have experienced losses or home damage, you may need to make an insurance claim. Follow these three steps to ensure you are well protected.
- Inspect Your Home: Once it’s safe to do so, inspect your home inside and out for any damage. Check for leaks, water damage, or fallen trees that may have caused structural harm.
- Document Damages: Take photos of any damage to assist in the claims process. This will be crucial when reporting the incident to your insurance provider.
- Contact Your Insurance Provider: If your home has suffered any damage during the power outage, contact your insurance company as soon as possible. Most highly rated insurance brokers, like Bauld Insurance, will provide guidance on both the restoration and claim process.
Beyond just providing insurance coverage, our Bauld Insurance Team is here to support you through life’s unexpected moments. If you have any questions or need assistance with your insurance coverage, contact Bauld Insurance today. Stay secure, stay safe, and be well protected!