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Hurricane Preparedness: 4 Ways to Waterproof Your Stuff

Sky with clouds and waves in the sea

Taking advantage of the calm before a storm to prepare can help keep you afloat when severe weather strikes. With Frankenstorm (aka: Hurricane Sandy) expected to hit the East Coast sometime today, this might be your last window of opportunity to waterproof your emergency supplies and belongings.

Here are four ways to help keep your home and valuables safe and dry, and your family a bit more calm during a big storm.

Water alarm

Place a battery-operated water alarm anywhere a potential leak or flooding may occur—like near a sump pump, water heater or basement window well—for an alert even when the power fails.

Waterproof safe

Keep important documents (mortgage papers, birth certificates, passports, etc.) protected inside a waterproof safe. If your home is damaged from flooding, these documents will be essential in the rebuild.

Waterproof cellphone case

Stay connected when it matters most with a waterproof smartphone case that provides full access to all device functions.

Space bags

You probably know them for their “space-saving” properties, but these airtight, watertight bags can protect your belongings even when they’re submerged in water.

Preparedness is key when it comes to any emergencies – whether hurricane, fire, flood or earthquake. For additional items that should be included in your basic emergency kit, The National Hurricane Center’s checklist is a great place to start.

4 Ways to Waterproof Your Stuff” was provided by Allstate.