How to Prepare for Extreme Weather
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How to Prepare for Extreme Weather

With the impending storm expected to hit Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic region beginning on Thursday, September 13, we want to make sure our members are as prepared as possible. Forecasts predict that Southern Maryland should expect heavy rains and high winds. Since many of our community members are close to a water source, caution and preparation are important. We’ve compiled a short list of things to remember in the event of extreme weather.

✓  Prepare the exterior of your home.

  • Trim the trees near your house to avoid excess damage in case of high winds.
  • Bring in all furniture and trash cans.
  • Clear the gutters before heavy rain.

✓  Have extra cash on hand in case merchants lose power and can’t accept cards.

✓  Power outages can happen at any time, so place flashlights where you can easily find them, and have extra batteries available. If you have a backup generator at home, make sure you’ve got it ready and available to use.

  • If your power is out for an extended period of time, eat food from your refrigerator first, and save your non-perishable items. 
  • Turn off and unplug any unnecessary appliances or equipment using electricity

✓  Communication is important during a storm, both with those who were also impacted by the storm and for those outside the area. Make sure you’ve got a communication plan in place, and that your family knows the plan.

  • Gather phone numbers for local resources like fire and police departments
  • Don’t forget that it is possible your local cell phone towers could go down during a storm. If that happens, it can be difficult to make a call, send a text or use Facebook and other mobile apps. Make sure your communication plan has alternatives.

✓  For Updates: Be sure to check our website and Facebook pages for updates on our branch hours. Safety of our employees and members is our first priority. And remember your account is always accessible online.

Of course, we here at Cedar Point Federal Credit Union hope you never have to use these helpful tips. But in the case that you might need them, feel free to print this list to get started on your preparedness plans.