When an expected storm threatens to impact our area we want you to be sure that we are being vigilant in our preparations. As a Hurricane moves into the Mid Atlantic region, please note that we at the Halkos Agency are here to do our best to serve you. If you experience any damage or need help finding contact information to report claims, please do not hesitate to contact us at 301-206-5464. Our office will be expected to be open as long as it is safe for our employees to travel and we have electric and phone service.
Useful tips and links are found below.
Please make all efforts to remain safe.
The following Tips can help you prepare, before, during and after a storm:
BEFORE A STORM:
• Keep flashlights and battery-powered radios with extra batteries handy, along with a first aid kit.
• Have a supply of non-perishable food for up to three days, 1-gallon of water per person, per day for at least three days, and a manual can
• Clear clogged gutters and drain pipes. (a few leaves can cause a back up)
• Ensure copies of important documents are stored in a safe place.
• Have some cash on hand as banks may be closed and ATMs may not be functioning.
• Make sure vehicle gas tanks are full.
• Secure or bring inside exterior items that might become wind-borne. (Lawn furniture, trash cans, etc.)
• Fill prescriptions that might be needed and stock up on any necessary medical supplies.
• Turn the refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting in anticipation of a power outage. Open the doors only when necessary and close
DURING A STORM:
• Please remain calm and do not call 911 unless it is an emergency.
• Do not go outside. Flying debris from high winds is a danger.
• Try to stay in an interior room; stay away from windows or soft spots in the home.
• Avoid using candles for lighting due to fire hazards. Use flashlights.
• Never use a candle when fueling equipment such as a kerosene heater or lantern because the candle
flame can ignite fumes from the fuel.
• If flooding occurs, turn off electricity at the main breaker.
• During a power outage, turn off major appliances. This will minimize losing power again through power surge and protect the equipment when
the power returns.
• Do not operate charcoal grills, propane camping stoves or generators indoors due to Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. This includes your garage
with the door open.
• If a generator is being used at your location and you are feeling ill, make sure you notify the 911 call taker that a generator is in use.
AFTER A STORM:
• Do not touch fallen or low-hanging wires of any kind under any circumstances. Stay away from puddles with wires in or near them. Do not touch trees or other objects in contact with power lines to avoid electrocution.
• Call 911 or utility companies immediately to report hazards such as downed power lines, broken gas lines, water mains or overturned gas tanks.
• Avoid areas subject to flooding, including low spots, canals and streams. Do not attempt to drive on a flooded road –motorists can be
stranded or trapped. The depth of the water and the condition of the road is not always obvious; therefore,
do not make assumptions. Be aware of debris in the road.
• Be very cautious at night as it is harder to recognize flood dangers, downed wires, debris and other hazards.
**When coming to a traffic signal that has no power, treat it as a 4 way intersection**