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Help Your Clients Prep Before Disaster Strikes

July 20, 2018

Storm readiness is an essential part of homeownership. Summer storms and floods can damage property and endanger lives. Pass these tips on to your clients from the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), an international trade association representing small engine, utility vehicle (UTV), and outdoor power equipment manufacturers and suppliers, to help them be as prepared as possible before a damaging storm, flood, or hurricane.

  1. The necessary equipment. Owners should make a list of what tools they might need to weather the storm or make repairs afterwards. OPEI recommends a chainsaw, pole pruner, generator, and a UTV for larger properties. Review manuals so you know how to operate the equipment before it’s needed. (For instance, never run a portable generator in an enclosed space, such as a garage, due to carbon monoxide.)
  2. Take inventory. Make sure the equipment currently on hand is in good working order and fuel is in an approved container. Fuel with more than 10 percent ethanol can’t be used in outdoor power equipment.
  3. Get the right safety gear. You don’t want to be scrambling to find sturdy shoes after a storm. Gather appropriate shoes, safety goggles, flashlights, batteries, work gloves, reflective clothing, and even safety hats, and store them in an accessible area.
  4. Have a plan. Know where you’d meet if you get separated from family or if your property is inaccessible, as well as how you’d get children, pets, and people with mobility issues out of the area.

Weather the storm infographic with tips from the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute.