It's almost a joke at this point: So far, 2020 has served up a global pandemic, economic challenges, officer-involved shootings that led to instances of civic unrest nationwide and, recently, Hurricane Laura. What else can 2020 possibly throw at us?!?

Of course, we also experienced a tornado that left many in our area (including myself) without power for days.

So, both myself and my friends at Ambient Comfort figure now is a great time to talk about the importance of preparing an emergency kit so you're ready for a prolonged power outage. You can download the full information from the American Red Cross here, but the basic tips include:

  • Stash away some inexpensive Styrofoam coolers you can use to keep food cold
  • Keep your vehicle's gas tank full or near full
  • Stock up on non-perishables you could easily prepare without electricity and bottled water. You'll want one gallon per person per day, and the American Red Cross suggests planning for a three-day supply for evacuations and a two-week supply for home.
  • Keep a seven-day supply of medication on hand
  • Extra cash

And remember, Ambient Comfort offers 24/7 emergency service, so if your heating, A/C or air quality control systems go out in the middle of a storm (or on the weekends), they are just a phone call away. Visit ambientcomfortnj.com or call 856-213-6586 to learn more — and let them know Harry Hurley sent you!