Norwalk, CN (PRWEB) June 1, 2006
Modern technology hasn’t advanced yet enough to control the weather. Until that’s possible, the best defense against devastating tornadoes and hurricanes is preparedness. Adaptive Marketing LLC’s membership discount program AP9 AtHomeRewards reports that most households don’t have a plan in place in the case of severe weather.
AP9 AtHomeRewards members can save on decorating, electronics and home improvement every time they shop online or in the store at local and national retailers. Members save quickly and conveniently when they log onto DealPass, the gateway to exclusive savings on relocation services, DVDs, hardware supplies and flowers and gifts. With these savings, members can stretch their budgets further so when disaster strikes, they have the extra money they need to repair their home and take care of their family.
AP9 At Home Rewards recommends these disaster preparedness tips for members nationwide.
-- Not just in Kansas. Tornadoes can strike anytime, anywhere and often with little warning. The latter makes tornado preparedness all the more important. The first step to take is to establish a home tornado plan. Pick a place where family members can gather if a tornado is in the area. This could be a basement, a center hallway, bathroom or closet on the lowest floor. It could also be a designated shelter in the neighborhood. Stay away from windows.
Don’t go outside or try to outrun a tornado. Find a low-lying area, and take shelter. If you’re in a car when a tornado is near, get out immediately, and take shelter. Even after a tornado passes, safety is still a concern. Use only flashlights to inspect damage, be on the lookout for downed power lines, and be careful of compromised buildings and debris.
-- Coastal concerns. As recent history has proved, hurricanes pose a devastating threat to coastal areas. Having a family plan is the best protection from injury and loss; fortunately, hurricanes are typically identified and tracked several hours before making landfall, so you should have time to implement the plan. Establish a meeting place, and stay indoors, in a central area of the house, and away from windows.
When preparing for the arrival of a hurricane, tie down or store any outside furniture, plants, trashcans and other items that can be blown around by wind. This will help to minimize damage. Plywood can be used to cover windows; tape is not recommended, as it does not prevent breakage.
If local authorities advise evacuation for any situation, leave immediately, and listen for instructions on returning. If you’re driving, try to have alternative routes on hand to avoid flood waters; seek higher ground or the roof of the car if caught on a flooded road. Upon your return, carefully inspect the house for damage, and only use flashlights.
-- Assemble a disaster supplies kit. Whether you’re preparing for a hurricane or a tornado, a disaster supplies kit is a must for every home. It should contain a first aid kit; canned food and can opener; bottled water; protective clothing such as rain gear and blankets; batteries for flashlights and radio; a cellphone charger; and special supplies for infants, disabled or elderly family members. Keep maps and important information in the kit, and update them periodically. If evacuation is possible, agree on a place to go, such as a relative’s home in another town, a motel or a shelter. Pack your disaster supplies kit in a sturdy container, and store it in an uncluttered area where it can be located in the case of an emergency.
These important tips are provided by AP9 At Home Rewards.
About AP9 AtHomeRewards
AP9 AtHomeRewards is a leading membership discount program offered by Adaptive Marketing LLC. Headquartered in Norwalk, Conn., Adaptive Marketing is a category leader in both membership and loyalty programs, bringing value direct to consumers through an array of benefits in healthcare, discounts, security, personal property and personals. Members may access their benefits at DealPass.com, an online portal for Adaptive Marketing membership programs. With broad online and offline distribution capabilities, Adaptive Marketing offers its corporate client partners effective tools to enhance market presence, strengthen customer affinity and generate additional value through programs, such as AP9 AtHomeRewards.
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