generator outside home
Whether you need to power a few major appliances in your home during an occasional blackout or want the convenience of a standby or whole-house generator, home improvement specialists The Handyguys share tips on what…
traffic sign saying el nino ahead
Though weather forecasting can never be completely certain, the El Niño weather phenomenon—currently predicted for the winter of 2015-2016—tends to shape weather patterns in particular ways. What, then, are meteorologists predicting…
Be Prepared: How to Charge Your Phone or Laptop When the Power is Out
Whether it’s an electrical issue or inclement weather, a power outage can leave you feeling helpless. September is National Preparedness Month, and Ready.gov is encouraging people to always be ready…
prevention zone
One thing is certain about life: It’s full of uncertainties. No matter where you live, there are steps you can take to be prepared for the unexpected. Below are some…
generator maintenance
As a homeowner, you may keep a portable electric generator on hand to help power one or more critical items in your home during a power outage. But, do you…
Day 1: Back Up Your Docs
20 Days to Ready is a series of simple, daily tasks to help you better prepare for emergencies and protect your family when disaster strikes. Follow along, day by day,…
spot hail damage
Depending on where you live, hail can be either a sporadic, mildly irritating event or a potentially devastating, destructive threat. According to the National Weather Service, hailstones fall to earth…
How to Become an Official Storm Spotter
Have you ever wondered how the National Weather Service knows when a tornado touches down? Or how it determines a densely populated area is about to be flooded? Sure, the NWS…
From Atlas to Zephyr: Be On the Lookout for Named Winter Storms
Anybody who followed the news or used social media last fall heard about it: The Weather Channel’s decision to name winter storms. Designed to facilitate the sharing and spreading of…
Tips for Staying Safe During a Haboob
Updated January 2016 Haboob: It’s an unusual term for a rare but potentially dangerous event—an intense dust storm. Generally, haboobs occur in the deserts of North Africa or Arabia, and the…