How To Prepare For A Weather Emergency

Be prepared for a power outage. If you shelter in place and the power goes out, what do you do? Here are helpful tips on how to survive.

What about a generator? Hurricanes cause more power outages in the U.S. than any other type of weather. If you have a generator, here’s how to use it safely during a storm.

Which generators are best? If you still have time to buy a generator (and they’re not sold out), here’s our guide to buying the best one for your home.

Handling a medical emergency. If someone in your family gets sick or hurt during a storm, what do you do? Here’s what you need to know.

Car safety during floods. Flooded roads are often more dangerous to drive on than they appear. Here’s what to do when you encounter one.

Longer-Term Planning

Even if you’re not immediately threatened by a storm or another emergency, it’s always good to be prepared. Here are some things you can do for the long term.

Update your homeowners insurance. When disaster strikes, you can save a lot of time, aggravation, and money by having a good insurance policy. How do you know which insurer is best or whether you have enough coverage? Check out the best homeowners insurance companies in Consumer Reports’ latest ratings.

Protection against flooding. Think you don’t need flood insurance? You don’t want to wait until disaster strikes to find out. Here’s what you need to know about flood insurance.

Have an emergency fund. Four in 10 American adults don’t have enough savings to cover a $400 emergency expense, according to a 2018 Federal Reserve survey. Now is the best time to get started on making sure your emergency fund is big enough.

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