Hurricane Preparedness at The Home Depot

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot.

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In August of 2011, my husband, son and I returned home from a week away for my sister’s wedding to our home in Richmond, VA to find it devastated by a hurricane. We were one of the lucky ones; our house was still standing, our cars were not damaged, and though there was a power line down in our back yard, all of our trees were still upright. Many homes, people and animals in the VA area had been harmed. Hurricane Irene ripped through VA and other parts of the North East with devastating winds and rains that left people in various states of disarray from being without power to being homeless. We were safe but we were without power for 10 full days, having to survive without the simple luxuries of light, cooked food, air conditioning, or hot showers for a week and a half.

We were not at all prepared for the magnanimity of the storm or the lifestyle of having to face 10 days without power. When we tried to go to stores for food and basic supplies like flashlights, the stores had no power and the few that did were out of all major supplies. My mom shipped boxes of flashlights, batteries, and battery powered fans up to us from GA.

We were completely unprepared for hurricane season, but you don’t have to be.

This weekend I attended the Colonial Heights, VA Home Depot Hurricane Preparedness Workshop.

You might not be prepared for hurricane season, but The Home Depot is!

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My experience at The Home Depot was warm and welcoming. The Home Depot staff had a wonderful display set up with a lot of information on everything hurricane related, ranging from what you need to be prepared to the different categories of hurricanes and the type of damage they cause. Storm experts from FEMA were there to discuss your concerns and they even had popcorn, candy, and door prizes. Who doesn’t love that?

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As an added bonus…we actually won this door prize!

In addition to the fun and welcoming environment, my husband and I learned a lot about what we would actually need in the event of (another) hurricane. Did you ever consider that a chainsaw would be a hurricane must-have? What if a tree fell down in your driveway blocking in your vehicles? You may have thought of flashlights, but what about duct tape to help secure windows? And you can never, ever have too many batteries.

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My favorite take away tip from this workshop was to keep all of your supplies in a Grab and Go bucket and make sure everyone in your household knows where it is. It’s not enough just to have emergency supplies in your home, you also need to keep them together and know where they are so you are able to quickly utilize them if necessary.hurricane survival kit...a must-have!

The Home Depot staff was very informative about the different types of generators and the type of power they put out. They offer free in home consultations so you can determine what generator would be best for you and your family. We signed up and are looking forward to our consultation so we don’t ever have to be without power for 10 days again!

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What a full house generator looks like…so you will never be without power.

Hurricane season is fast approaching, as it typically runs from mid-August to late October. As the workshop director at The Home Depot told us, “Hurricanes are not something you think about on a bright and sunny day like this. But when it happens, you HAVE to be prepared.”

Are you prepared for this hurricane season?

The Home Depot prides itself on providing their customers with the knowledge and supplies that they need to keep their families safe during the hurricane season. Through free educational seminars and ensuring that stores are well stocked with hurricane essentials when the need arises, The Home Depot is there for you and for your family during the hurricane season.

To get connected with our local The Home Depot store, visit their Facebook fanpage at http://on.fb.me/15h2DzR

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot.