Winter Storms Strike the Great Lakes Region

Dec 31, 2013 Homeowner Tips

The Great Lakes region was recently affected by severe winter weather. Ice and snow storms knocked out power across the northeast U.S and Canada with states Michigan and Maine being severely affected.

Hundreds of thousands of people have been left without power and freezing conditions have hindered transportation and day to day operations. This most recent bout of severe winter weather reinforces the importance of emergency preparedness. Being without power for days in the winter can cause a lot of problems–both personally and for your home. The importance of having an emergency response is made all the more real by events like these. Becoming aware at how vulnerable infrastructure is during a storm is crucial to planning a better emergency response.

Storms can strike with little warning and exceed the predicted intensity. During the winter, snow and ice storms compound this threat. The Great Lakes region is a vulnerable area for storms year round, but the winters can be especially severe. Because of the degree to which the region is affected by storms, disaster preparedness is an important part of seasonal safety. From keeping food storage and an emergency generator to preventing damage to your home from snow and ice, emergency storm preparation requires a significant amount of planning. One of the most important aspects of storm preparation is maintaining self sufficiency. When so much of our lives are dependant on the energy grid, having contingencies in place to deal with emergencies is essential to mitigating the effects of natural disasters and ensuring personal safety.

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