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cerf_tip_of_the_month_smallscreen-shot-2017-02-01-at-10-33-22-pmJanuary 31, 2017 | Tip of the Month

The severe winter storm that impacted a large swath of the US in mid-January highlighted that few of us are immune to such hazards. CERF+ has worked with artists who have had:

  • Frozen water pipes burst, flooding studios
  • Ice-ladened trees or heavy snow load destroy studio roofs
  • Studio fires caused by weather damaged exterior wires or overburdened interior wiring

It’s best to be prepared!

To begin preparing, you should have:

  • Home and studio emergency supplies kits. Basic supplies include:
    • Water: At least three days’ supply at one gallon per person per day
    • Food: at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
    • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio
    • Flashlight and extra batteries
    • First aid kit
    • Battery backup or an alternative (solar, etc.) charger for your cell phone
  • Some emergency cash on hand. Stores may not be able to accept anything but cash and nearby ATMs may not be functioning.
  • A plan for safely heating your home and studio without electricity from utilities. Even if you don’t heat with electricity, your heating system probably depends on it to function.
  • A gas tank that’s at least half full. The nearest working gas station may be an hour away.
  • A car emergency supplies kit that includes many of the home emergency items plus a shovel, extra winter clothes, blanket, tow strap, booster cables, and flares.
  • A power inverter that gives you the ability to power a few home electrical appliances using your car battery.
  • A business insurance policy that includes coverage for protection against winter hazards.

Here are some resources for information on preparing for a power outage and winter storms:

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