Imagine this scenario…a bad ice storm blows through Kansas City practically shutting down the entire metro area. Power lines are down. Your home is freezing cold. You have no hot water and you can’t drive anywhere because the entire city is buried in a sheet of ice. You’re huddled together with your family trying to stay warm – now what? Winter storms cause electrical outages. It may not happen often in Kansas City, but it can happen, and if you and your family get trapped in your home by a blizzard, you have to be prepared. Have a plan. The team at Jeremy Electrical put together this winter storm kit list to make sure you’re ready when weather disasters strike.
Before a Blizzard
Stay informed. Listen to local area radio or TV stations for the latest information and updates. Bring your pets inside. Check your family’s emergency kit and replenish any items missing or in short supply, especially medications and medical supplies. Keep it nearby. Keep these supplies in a portable bag like a duffle bag that is easy to carry in case you must evacuate your home.
Prep Your Home
What should you do to prepared? If your plan is to stay in your home, take the time to gather these items so you’re ready to “rough it” inside your own home should the time come.
If you have a fireplace, or wood-burning stove, keep a supply of firewood to burn. (Be sure the stove or fireplace is properly vented and in good working order and always dispose of ashes safely.)
Consider storing sufficient heating fuel. Regular fuel sources may be cut off. (Be cautious of fire hazards when storing any type of fuel.) If you live in an area where winter storms are common, you may want to think about installing a portable generator. Follow the safety tips from the Red Cross to avoid home fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.
Check that your fire extinguisher is in good working order, and replace it if necessary.
In the event that you have to evacuate your home, keep your vehicle stocked for emergencies too. Know your routes and destinations and where the local emergency shelter is located. Keep your vehicle’s gas tank full so you can leave right away in an emergency, and to keep the fuel line from freezing.
Emergency Storm Kit
Every home should have an emergency storm kit. What exactly should that kit include? Here is a checklist:
- Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
- Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home).
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
- Extra batteries of all sizes
- Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
- Multi-purpose tool
- Sanitation and personal hygiene items
- Cell phone with chargers
- Family and emergency contact information
- Extra cash
- Emergency blanket
- Things you’re likely to forget:
- Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc)
- Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
- Games and activities for children
- Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
- Two-way radios
- Extra set of car keys and house keys
- Manual can opener
- Rain gear
- Work gloves
- Tools/supplies for securing your home
- Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
- Plastic sheeting
- Duct tape
- Blankets or sleeping bags
- Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
- First Aid Kit
- Hand sanitizer
- Latex gloves (1 pair)
- Variety of adhesive bandages
- Gauze dressing pads, sterile 3″ x 3″ (4)
- Gauze roll bandage, sterile 3″ x 4.1yd
- Trauma pad, 5″ x 9″
- Antiseptic towelette (2)
- Triple antibiotic ointment
- Roll of cloth first aid tape, 1″ x 5yd
Winter Storm Vehicle Kit
Here are the items to keep in your car or truck in case of emergency evacuation or breakdown on the road in bad weather:
- A windshield scraper and small broom
- A small sack of sand or kitty litter for generating traction under wheels and a set of tire chains or traction mats
- Matches in a waterproof container
- A red cloth to tie to the antenna
- An emergency supply kit, including warm clothing
- Keep handy a warm coat, gloves or mittens, hat, water-resistant boots, and extra blankets and warm clothing for each member of the household.
- Keep your vehicle’s gas tank full so you can leave right away in an emergency and to keep the fuel line from freezing.
If you hear about a blizzard or winter storm coming, make sure you’re ready. Life without electricity really is NO FUN. If you need help with from an electrician in Kansas City, with anything from switches and ceiling fans to installing a whole-home generator, give us a call at (913) 375-0070 or contact us online.
Many homeowners have their air conditioner tuned up every season. If you’re not one of them, you could be costing yourself money in the long run. You may think it’s not necessary, but the heating and cooling experts at Jeremy Heating and Cooling want to show you why it’s an extremely smart investment. Here are three solid reasons that will convince you that getting your air conditioner tuned up annually is a smart move that will save you money in more ways than one.
Lower Your Energy Bills
First and foremost, you’ll save on energy bills. When your air conditioner is cleaned, parts are lubricated, loose parts are tightened, and broken parts are replaced. This means your AC will run much more efficiently. When a machine runs more efficiently, it uses less effort to perform. If your air conditioning bills are high, look into an AC tune-up. You just may recoup your entire investment over a hot Kansas City summer. Did you know that heating and cooling bills make up more than half of all of your energy bills? That’s a lot of potential savings over a single season.
Avoid AC Breakdowns
Don’t you love it when your air conditioner breaks down? Of course, you don’t. No one does. That’s just another great reason to have an AC tune-up. Having an annual tune-up will help prevent breakdowns because our technicians clean the entire system, tighten any loose parts, lubricate any stiff parts, and replace any broken parts. There’s not much left to break when you’ve made sure everything is good to go. We can’t promise your air conditioner won’t break down, but we can tell you that the chances are extremely slim when you have an AC tune-up.
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Extend the Life Expectancy of Your AC
Air conditioners are not inexpensive to replace. You want to get every last day out of the one you have. An AC is a mechanical machine. Just like changing the oil in your car, regular maintenance will extend its lifespan. It just makes sense to invest a little along the way to get your money’s worth out of your air conditioner.
Protect Manufacturer Warranties
Most air conditioners are covered by manufacturer warranties. But what you may not know is that these warranties are dependent on regular maintenance. A manufacturer will stand behind their product, but not if their product is abused or misused. It’s a machine with moving parts dependent on some maintenance. If your air conditioner doesn’t receive regular maintenance, it may void any warranty put in place by the manufacturer. This could end up costing you dearly in the long run when a piece that should have been covered isn’t and it comes out of your pocket instead of the air conditioner manufacturer’s pocket.
You’ve always been able to rely on Jeremy for excellent electrical repairs, installations and troubleshooting. We are happy to announce that we are expanding our company to include heating and cooling services as well. Now you can call us 24 hours a day for anything you need electrical or heating and cooling help with.
Mike Is the Man
Mike Moreno will head up our heating and cooling division. Mike has many years of heating and cooling experience. He graduated from Vatterott College’s Trade School in 2009. Mike is certified by the National Center for Construction Education and Research, is an EPA Certified Universal Technician through the ESCO Institute, and is a Licensed Master Mechanic through Johnson County.
Full-Service Heating and Cooling Company
Just like our electrical division, our heating and cooling division will be full service. We’ll be able to help you with furnace and air conditioner repairs. We service all brands. We can install a new system in your home, and we provide maintenance services including annual tune-ups. We even offer an annual maintenance plan to save you money. We are indoor air quality specialists who can help with any aspect of your system from ductwork inspections to air cleaners to humidifiers. We’ll make sure your home feels great year round.
- Furnace Repair/Replace/Maintenance
- Air Conditioner Repair/Replace/Maintenance
- Indoor Air Quality – Air Cleaners, UV Lights, Humidifiers, Dehumidifiers
- Ductwork and Duct Cleaning
24-Hour Heating and Cooling Services
We know furnaces and air conditioners don’t always decide to break down at the most opportune times. But don’t worry if your AC stops working in the middle of the night, on a weekend or even a holiday. Just like our electrical services, our heating and cooling services are available 24 hours a day. When you have an electrical emergency or now, a heating and cooling emergency, we are available 24 hours a day. Jeremy is the company to call.
We Handle Residential and Commercial HVAC & Electrical Services
We enjoy serving our Overland Park and greater Kansas City area customers. Now, whether you are a homeowner or a business owner, you can depend on Jeremy Services for both residential and commercial problems in both electrical and heating and cooling industries. We are excited to bring you this new division and we encourage you to call us for heating and cooling issues. You’ll get the same great service from our heating and cooling technicians as you get with our electricians. We can’t wait to serve you. When you need electrical or heating and cooling help, call us at (913) 375-0070.