Well as we kiss 2014 goodbye, and 2015 is in a few short hours, the icy winter weather is just beginning.  And as your local insurance agent, I have to share a few things to get you prepared before the real winter storms hit! While I'm sure you have lots of plans and resolutions for the new year this is a simple one you can add that will help you and your family with peace of mind.

First things first, you want to have the right supplies on hand.  Create a basic emergency kit that includes a battery powered radio and at least one week’s worth of food and safety supplies.  Also include:

  1. Drinking Water
  2. Canned/No-Cook Food
  3. Non-Electric Can Opener
  4. Prescription Medicine As Needed
  5. First Aid Kit
  6. Bag of Cat Litter or Sand to add traction on walkways
  7. Battery Powered Lamps
  8. Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Alarm in working order 
  9. Portable Generator

And what about when bad weather hits?  Here are a few things to put on your winter storm checklist:

•  Leave water taps slightly open so they drip to prevent frozen pipes.

•  Open kitchen cabinet doors under the sink to keep the pipes warm.

•  Have an alternate heat source in case the power goes out.  If the fireplace, make sure you have plenty of dry firewood.

The most important thing you can do?  Be prepared! This is a great resolution for 2015!

A benefit to winter storms is that you generally have plenty of warning that one is on the way.  Don’t wait until the roads are icy and dangerous.  Get your supplies packed, your pipes protected, and a backup plan in case of a power outa
ge.  And make sure that you have great Homeowners Insurance!  We can help with that.  Call us for a free quote today. You can call us at 888-565-2212 or visit us online at www.bryanagency.com

At the Bryan Agency we are the go to insurance agents for auto, home, and commercial insurance in New Windsor, Long Island and the New York area. Make a policy review part of your resolution this year. We are always here to help. Best wishes for a Happy & Healthy 2015!

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