could use more tropical storms like the one we didnít
get on Labor Day weekend.
painted the outside of our house those three days,
finished the yard work, and rebuilt the back gate, which
works better than when it was originally installed 20
I say something about the Weather Channel I may regret,
Iíll say this: Every time mayhem is predicted, I think
of Hurricanes Irene and Sandy, and back to Aug. 19,
1955, when, as a 5-year-old, I watched my hometown wash
down the river.
were lucky this Labor Day. We may not be the next time,
so Glenn Dickey, of Marshall Services in Skippack, Pa.,
has offered some preparedness tips.
advice also works for getting ready for the winter. (You
knew I wouldnít let you off the hook about that, didnít
recommends performing a home audit from the outside
the windows, shutters, gutters, drains and roof of your
home. Make sure everything is securely attached, and
that nothing could come off easily and become a
projectile in high winds. Loose items should be fixed
the ground around your home for low or damp areas that
could become flooded. If you have ever had a drainage
problem, have a professional examine the trouble spot
and address it.
a hard look at large trees surrounding your home, and
note any dead or damaged areas. Have a licensed tree
surgeon inspect any trees or branches that look as if
they could damage your home or property and have them
purchasing a standby generator to maintain your basic
needs during a power outage, and learn how to use it
before itís needed.
a safety inspection of your house by a qualified
at the interior of your home, too. Check the inside
walls, carpeting, flooring, ceiling, windowsills,
corners and basements for water damage or dampness.
means you have a water problem, either from an interior
or outside source.
to know these things before the storm hits.