Innovative tools from City Mill to protect your home during severe weather

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It’s Hurricane season, and if you don’t already have an emergency kit together, it’s never too late to start preparing. HI Now is highlighting the importance of being proactive ahead of severe weather during Hurricane Week, and it all starts with some key items to keep your home and family safe. Frank Suster, City Mill’s Mr. Fixit, is demonstrating some unique products that can help during times of emergency.

When it comes to protecting your home during a flooding situation, Quick Dam is the next generation in flood protection and is good to have on hand in case of an emergency. Quick Dam is flat when you take it out of the package, but swells to about three inches when activated with water. It acts as a flood barrier, so just lie it in place and let the water do the rest. It absorbs and diverts problem water away from your home and property before it becomes a problem.

If you live in an area that’s prone to flooding, the WAYNE WWB WaterBUG Submersible Water Removal Pump is a tool you might want to have ready. It pumps up to 1,350 gallons per hour, connects to a standard garden hose and removes water down to a 1/16 inch of the surface, making the area virtually dry.

When it comes to securing loose items around your home ahead of a storm, you don’t want to find yourself fumbling around with knots or hooks. To help in these situations, City Mill offers a product called Simple Strap, which allows you to quickly and securely fasten, strap and tie-down just about anything. It is strong, works when wet, and is easy to use as an alternative to rope, bungee cords and nylon straps. Not only is Simple Strap good to have in an emergency situation, but it’s also handy to have around the house. Secure pop-up tents, use it during home construction, or bundle lumber, rebar, or pipes. You can even use it while camping or while you’re boating or fishing.

Suster explains that aside from these unique products, it’s critical to have enough non-perishable food and drinking water for 7-10 days.

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