Your Storm Safety Plan Needs These 3 Elements
Nowhere in the United States is impervious to storms. You never know when a warm or cold front could kickstart a severe storm, bringing along lightning, heavy rain, hail and strong winds.
These weather events can cause serious damage to your home. Since there are around 100,000 thunderstorms throughout the United States every year, it’s likely you will encounter bad storms more than once.
Storms in Lowell often lead to some sort of flash flooding that could impact your home at any moment. In at-risk areas, you might experience flooded roads, downed trees and power lines, and flooded basements.
Even though you cannot prevent storms, you can prevent some of the negative effects by being prepared. You should have an emergency kit and a communications strategy ready to go in cause your household is caught in a severe storm.
You should have multiple modes of communication in case bad weather hits. First, you need to have a way to communicate with your household. You also need a cell phone and an NOAA weather radio so that you can stay up to date on all notifications. Know the difference between weather watches and warnings in case you hear these alerts from authorities.
Your household communication strategy should designate a safe area in your home, like a basement or bathroom, where everyone in the house can go if the weather turns bad.
You also need to come up with a way of contacting each other in case one or more people are away from the house during the storm. That way everyone knows when and how to check in and mark themselves as safe.
The kit should include all the essentials your family members need for the next 72 hours. You may need to shelter in place if the storm is too bad.
This emergency kit should be kept in your home’s shelter area. In the kit, include nonperishable food, water, flashlights and batteries, first-aid supplies, and anything else your family might need to weather the storm.
Once the bad weather has passed, there are still more steps to take, which include evaluating your safety plan and addressing any damage to your home. Of course, you should wait until it’s safe before checking your property for damage.
Let’s say you do encounter home damage. You need to know who to call. You want a reliable team of trained restoration experts like the ones you’ll find at SERVPRO of Lowell. You can take comfort in knowing we will get the job done right the first time around.
After all is said and done, make sure you round up your household and talk through the efficiency of your safety plan. You should figure out what worked well and what could be improved in case another sever storm rolls through in the future.
If you discover storm damage to your home or business, you can count on SERVPRO to handle the restoration. We’re here 24⁄7 to spring into action—get in touch with us today.