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As freezing temperatures return to many parts of our country, it’s time to protect your art and studio from these and other hazards:

  • Frozen water pipes, that burst and flood your studio
  • Heavy snow loads or ice-laden trees causing  damage to your roof or other structures
  • Exterior wires that get damaged in the weather and cause a fire
To combat these and other hazards, make sure you have some basic supplies and solid plans in place that include:
    • Water: Enough to last for three days with one gallon per person per day
    • Food: at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
    • Battery-powered or hand cranked radio and a NOAA Weather Radio
    • Flashlights and extra batteries
    • First aid kit
    • Battery backup or an alternative (solar, etc.) charger for your cell phone
    • Emergency cash on hand as stores may not be able to accept anything but cash.
    • A plan to safely heat your home and studio without electricity. Even if you don’t heat with electricity, your heating system probably depends on it to function.
    • At least a half a tank of gas in your vehicle.
  • An emergency supply kit for your car that includes many of the home emergency items above 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.
Finally, and perhaps most important, you need to have a business insurance policy in place that includes coverage for protection against winter hazards.

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