Power Outage Hit Your Area? Be Prepared For Next Time
If you’re living in the mid-Atlantic region of the U.S., it’s quite possible you’re still without power (and maybe reading this on your smartphone) after yesterday’s serious storms.
On Sunday, Washington D.C. and areas along the east coast experienced a violent thunderstorm that left about 430,000 households affected by the power outage. Power lines, transformers, and electric poles were all damaged in the wake of the storm. Even today, Pepco (the regional provider) said that 232,000 customers were still in the dark (and heat).
While not everyone has to worry about an earthquake on a regular basis, storms can affect people all over the country. According to the National Flood Insurance Program, floods are America’s number one natural disaster (and homeowners insurance usually does not cover this damage).
Make sure your home is prepared for any event. Check out Pepco’s video with emergency preparedness tips.
And as always, make sure you are financially prepared. In the case of a power outage, assume that ATMs will not work. We always recommend having a little bit of emergency cash (not too much!) in your home to save you in a pinch. Take a few minutes to go over what could save you thousands if a natural disaster were to strike and you weren’t covered.