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How Your Smart Home Can Help You Prepare When Disaster Strikes


While there’s not much you can do to put a stop to strong winds, power outages, and flooding, you can use your smart home to help keep your home protected in the midst of an emergency.


As you begin to think about your emergency readiness plan, consider these smart home recommendations.

These suggestions could make a world of difference between a short-term inconvenience and a long-term disaster. 



Stay Connected Even When The Grid Goes Down


When investing in smart home tools, you’ll want to make sure that you have the power required to  keep those tools going when you need them the most. This means, considering an uninterrupted power outage or ( UPS) to keep your Internet connection and WiFi operational during the next power outage. An uninterrupted power supply can keep your internet connection and WiFi going during the next power outage. 


If you live in an area that’s prone to hurricanes or other natural disasters that can cause long-term outages, consider investing a small generator that can power your tech and keep essential appliances such as your refrigerator, HVAC system, and medical devices up and running. 



Monitor Your Property, Wherever You Are


Having a few wireless cameras can give you an insightful view of the storm and you gauge the severity of damage, whether that’s a few broken branches or a devastating weather emergency.

Today’s WiFi cameras are more affordable and easier to install than ever. Despite being primarily used for home security, their motion-based recording and night-vision capabilities can make them  extremely useful during bad weather. Many of these cameras are battery-run and are able to function during an power outage. The recording from these cameras will be a valuable asset when it comes to filing claims with your insurance company. 


The biggest advantage of these cameras is being able to check footage right from your mobile device from anywhere. This allows you to keep your family safe and informed every day, but more importantly be a lifesaver in the event of an emergency. 



Get Critical Alerts When Water Gets In


Don’t neglect to grab a few water sensors when outfitting your home with smart home tools. The battery-powered sensors should be placed in key areas such as the basement and near the patio doors, where there’s a high risk of water leaks or flooding. Battery-powered sensors are inexpensive and work with almost any smart home hub, proving them to be an available asset to your home disaster plan. As long as your home’s wireless network is running, a water sensor can deliver notifications to your smartphone or table in the event that a water emergency is detected. This notification gives you the opportunity to fix a leak in a matter of minutes and avoid a potentially catastrophic  emergency.

The Simplicity of Staying Store-Safe With Smart Home Tech


These modern day devices are simple to use and set up and are able to be integrated into your smart home hub set up by your local cable or Internet service provider. Even better, the right smart home upgrades will not only have a dramatic impact on your daily productivity, but they will also provide a critical safety net that can help keep your family safe. Although there a multiple options to weather the storm and prepare for bad weather, this is an overall strategy to utilize smart home tech to keep your family safe and possibly save thousands of dollars in the midst of a weather emergency.

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