Stay safe and be prepared. Hurricane Michael is on its way!!!
With Hurricane Michael’s projected path coming toward us, and his arrival only a day way, SERVPRO of Tallahassee would like to help prepare our community members. Our area is familiar to Hurricanes, especially these past two years. Hurricanes are basically a massive storm that forms over warm waters in the tropic and sub tropic areas. Hurricanes become a threat when they move toward land bringing with them heavy rain fall, strong winds, storm surges along the coastline, coastal flooding, inland flooding, rip currents, in most cases tornadoes, and sometimes landslides. For our area, hurricane season starts on June 1st and ends November 30th. Even if you are not directly located on the coast, hurricanes can affect more than 100 miles inland.
Since we are in the midst of a hurricane warning for our area, make sure you have a safe place to seek shelter from Hurricane Michael ASAP. You are your own most important first responder. Take initiative and make safety your top priority. Here are some helpful tips.
- If you are ordered to evacuate please do so for your safety.
- Take refuge in a designated storm shelter, or an interior room with no windows if possible.
- Keep your mobile device charged and available even if cell service is interrupted, emergency communications will be pushed to your device.
- Generators are helpful during power outages, but please make sure to only use them outdoors and away from your windows.
- Most importantly if you are faced with flood waters, TURN AROUND DON’T DROWN. Never walk through, swim through, or drive through flood waters. If you are at risk for flash flooding, watch for warning signs.
- Plan with your family and friends on ways to keep in touch in the event you lose power. Sometimes sending a text message is more reliable and dependable than making a phone call.
- Check in with your neighbors. Make sure they have a plan and have someone there to help. Some individuals in our area are elderly who live on their own. Be there for your community.
- Check your vehicle, make sure it is a good working condition and that your tank is full of gas. Keep a supply of gasoline for reserves as well. Also stock your vehicle with emergency supplies such as nonperishable foods, batteries, a change of clothes, and most importantly any medicines that you have to have.
- People please don’t forget about your pets. Do not leave them tied, or chained outside. They’re best chance if flood waters are presented is to be free to seek safety and higher grounds.
- If you have insurance keep your paperwork with you. Keep track of your time and money spent for your adjuster.
- While the storm is over us stay put. Do not go out and venture into the weather. Stay inside.
- If your home is affected do not touch electrical equipment. If it is safe to do so turn off electricity at the main breaker and/or fuse box to prevent electrical injury.
- Document any damages to your home. Take photos.
Please be your own first responder and keep your family, your friends, your neighbors, and your animals safe. We are a community that cares. We are Florida Strong!! SERVPRO of Tallahassee cares about our community and is faster to any size disaster so leave the clean up to our experts. Call us if you have water damages, we are close by and ready to respond.