Are You Prepared for Hurricane Season?

BY: Christina Hansen


hurricane seasonDuring 2005, the worst series of storms in recorded history pummeled the coastlines of the United States. Tens of thousands of people were evacuated and many returned to find their homes completely demolished. Each year, from June through December, hurricanes can have a very real impact on your life, even if you live miles inland.

Preparing before a hurricane can make all the difference in recovering after a storm. Every household has stacks of important papers that are difficult, in some cases virtually impossible, to replace. Insurance policies, medical records, birth certificates, legal documents, passports, computer data, automobile and home ownership documents are only a few examples of papers that must be protected during a hurricane. Jewelry, medications, and other valuable items also require waterproof, secure protection.

When a hurricane threatens your area, it is important to prepare well in advance. To safeguard important documents, data, and valuables, products like the Pelican Protector Case™ provide watertight, dust proof, chemical resistant, corrosion proof storage. These cases are made of Ultra High Impact structural copolymer, making them strong and durable. Sensitive equipment can be packed into high density foam or padded dividers which will protect against impact, shock or vibration. Easy-to-open ABS latches seal tightly and include an automatic purge valve for atmospheric pressure equalization, so even sensitive equipment is safe in a Pelican Protector Case.
Pelican Protector Case Model 1420

Pelican caseThe Pelican Protector Case line is so strong and reliable that it is NATO-codified and tested to MIL C-4150J Military Standards, IP-67 Ingress Protection and Air Transportation Association standards. The largest case measures 21-3/4 by 16-13/16 by 7-7/8 inches and micro cases as small as 4-5/16 by 2-13/16 by 1-5/8 inches are available. Large cases are available with wheels and handy retractable extension handle, making moving the case easy, even if the contents are heavy. Pelican Protector Cases are so strong that if you ever break a case, it is replaced free of charge! There is a size that's perfect to protect all your important items.

As the storm approaches, it is not uncommon to experience power outages. After the storm passes, you may find electricity is not available for hours, days, or even weeks. Living without electric power is challenging, but if you are prepared with a generator, you don't have to suffer through dark nights without refrigeration for your food supplies. To make the most of your generator, you'll want to have the Briggs and Stratton Storm Ready Kit available.

Briggs & Stratton Storm Ready KitThe Deluxe Storm Kit includes a 25-foot panel extension cord that is rated at 30 amps, two quarts of SAE 30 engine oil to keep your generator purring, and two packets of fuel stabilizer. There is also a large storage cover made of nylon with a drawstring bottom to protect your generator when not in use. There's even a spare air filter and spark plug included.

You don't want to run a generator with a tangled maze of extension cords and only heavy gauge 30 amp cords should be used to ensure safety. The extension cord included in the Storm Ready Kit works with all generators that are 120/240 volt, 30 amp outlet design. The generator adaptor cord set provides two sets of 120 volt outlets from a single 240 volt receptacle.

When using a power generator, be sure to follow the safety guidelines provided by the generator manufacturer. The generator engine's fumes must be allowed to vent safely away from you and your family to prevent carbon dioxide poisoning. Using power cords that are not properly rated can result in fires or electric shock. So, be prepared with the Briggs and Stratton Storm Ready Kit to maintain your generator and distribute power safely to critical electric appliances and devices.