In being prepared to weather the storm. Hurricane season is now underway in the U.S. and, despite our distance from the coast, we in north Georgia are often affected by storms that come from the southeast and the Gulf of Mexico

This year, weather experts believe the country can expect an above average storm season. Regardless of whether these predictions come true, it’s always a good idea to take a proactive course of action ahead of issued hurricane warnings. Here are a few tips to get prepared:

1. Think about purchasing a generator. In the event of loss of electricity, a generator can keep critical appliances running. Lights stay on, devices stay charged and weather updates are available on television, radio or online. It can also provide power if someone in the home is dependent on electricity for life-sustaining medical equipment

2. An emergency hurricane kit for the family and any pets should be easily accessible within the home. In addition to food and bottled water, the kit should include a flashlight, first aid kit, battery-powered radio, a whistle to signal for help, and an assortment of hand tools

3. Outages and the need for fuel go hand-in-hand. During a power outage, you still might need to be out and about or possibly relocate to a different location, so ensuring that your car is fueled is important. In a worst-case scenario, your car can serve as a source of light, heat and electricity. A portable generator is far better suited to provide backup power, though, so make sure it has clean fuel, as well. Store fuel in approved containers

(A more detailed list of power outage safety tips can be found at www.Generac.com/hurricane-prep.)

The safety of our residents and staff is of utmost importance at Wesley Woods of Newnan. We have a plan for every type of emergency situation; come see how we’re prepared to weather any type of storm! Call 770-683-6859, visit wesleywoodsnewnan.org, and follow us on Facebook and Pinterest.