LANHAM, Md. (WUSA) - 9 News and restoration company Servpro teamed up Friday and picked a Lanham house at random to see if we could help a couple prepare for Hurricane Sandy's potential arrival.

Drs. Robert and Joyce Bowles have lived in their house for 10 years. Robert says he thinks they're pretty prepared. "Yes, we are. We have lanterns, we have flashlights, we have an emergency radio, we have a good sump pump," he said.

We asked production manager Norman Love to take a look at their sump pump. He said, "What I'm seeing over here is a sump pump plugged in. What I don't see is any type of backup plan." Love went on to point out that "If the electricity goes out, this sump pump will not work unless you have a backup plan, let's say. a generator."

Next we took a walk outside where Love took a look at nearby trees. "The tree that I'm noticing is that one behind the house which is large enough to do extensive damage," he said. Love says the top two reasons why customers call Servpro after a storm are due to trees like the one in the Bowles' backyard, and sump pumps that no longer work when the electricity fails.

We also looked around at the patio furniture. Love says it all needs to be secured. "Any kind of loose debris can fly away, not only fly away, but hit your neighbor's home, break their windows, mess up their property as well," he said.

Before we left, Robert told us that he's got some shopping to do "Buying a generator, a backup generator. We talked about it but we haven't gotten one yet," he said.

Now the Bowleses may be a little more prepared should Sandy be the next "crazy" knocking on their door.

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