5 Devices to Help You Prepare for Severe Weather
Even as our homes become more modern and high-tech, there's no gadget that can make it invulnerable against the wrath of Mother Nature. While there's not a whole lot you can do about torrential rain, high winds, and lightning strikes, having the right smart technology can help you stay a step ahead and protect your home against the flooding, power outages, and other damaging emergencies that often follow.
As you build and refine your household plan for severe weather, consider these essential devices that can make the difference between short-term inconvenience and long-term disaster.
Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS)
Before you make the investment in any smart home technology, it's important to ensure that the network that controls them is kept powered even at the most critical times. An Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) can keep your Internet connection and WiFi operational in the event of power outages caused by severe weather. A UPS works similarly to a standby generator, kicking on the second the power gets knocked out, and keeping any devices connected to the network including surveillance cameras, flood detectors, smartphones, tablets, laptops, and more working for 12+ hours.
Whether you're riding out the storm at home or miles away worried what it's doing to your property, a network of wireless surveillance cameras can give you a full visual of the situation without putting yourself at risk venturing out of safe shelter. Although they're generally intended for capturing trespassers, the motion detection and night-vision features that surveillance cameras offer can be just as helpful in gauging the severity of weather-related damage from a few broken branches to a whole tree that's fallen on your shed. The best part? You can view a live feed right on your smartphone, tablet, or laptop - from anywhere.
There's nothing worse than discovering that your basement has flooded after a torrential rainstorm. Whether you're at home or not, flood detectors can alert you to water entering the space as soon as it happens, sending notifications directly to your mobile device, and giving you a chance to take action sooner and potentially save yourself a worse outcome.
Severe weather is prone to taking out a window or two on its way through, especially in the case of tornados. Glass-break sensors can alert you the minute high winds or a tornado has hurled an object through any of your windows, sending a notification directly to your mobile device and saving you from the risk of venturing out of shelter.
Smoke & Heat Detectors
Lightning can pose fire hazards when striking trees or electric poles. In the event that a storm-related fire has affected your home, a smart smoke detector can send an alert directly to your mobile device and even the fire department to enable a sooner response. Some devices can also detect sharp increases in heat that can indicate flash fires, which are quicker to spread than slow-burning, smoldering fires that begin as smoke.
There's no such thing as being "too prepared" in the case of severe weather. Give the experts at MIProTechs a call at (248) 987-6171 or schedule online. We can ensure the network that these devices will live on is strong and well-distributed throughout your home, as well as help you set up these devices properly so they're ready to keep your home protected.