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Don’t Let Storms Rain on Your Parade

6/1/2022 (Permalink)

Storms can be intimidating and even life-ruining. They can lead to severe lightning strikes, heavy rain, hail and strong winds. There are around 100,000 thunderstorms throughout the United States every year, so thunderstorms roll around fairly frequently throughout the country.

Due to proximity to the coast, Tallahassee often suffers the effects of disturbances coming from the Gulf of Mexico. You never know when a hurricane could build up steam and strike your home or neighborhood. In the event this happens, you want to be prepared for anything.

Here are some of the things you need to think about ahead of time. Preparing for serious storms will help you reduce their negative impact on you and your home.

Your Severe Weather Communication Strategy

Communication with everyone in your household is key when the weather turns bad, as is receiving notifications from authorities. First of all, it’s important to understand the difference between watches and warnings so that you know when to simply remain vigilant and when to seek shelter quickly.

It’s also a smart idea to have multiple ways to receive alerts from authorities, such as your cell phone and an NOAA weather radio.

Lastly, establish your family’s communications strategy. Whenever the weather turns bad, make sure everyone knows where to go in your house (such as the basement or bathroom).

Furthermore, make sure to make a plan for communication in case one or more family members are away when a storm hits—that way everyone knows when and how to check in and mark themselves safe.

Your Severe Weather Emergency Kit

In your storm shelter area at home, you should have an emergency kit that contains all the essentials your family needs for at least three days of sheltering. Make sure your kit includes nonperishable food, water, flashlights and batteries, as well as anything else you might need to stay safe and comfortable during the storm.

Your Severe Weather Aftermath Checklist

Once the storm is gone, start the next step of evaluating your safety plan and addressing any damage to your home. You should go ahead and do a run-through of your property, looking for damage. Pay close attention to vulnerable areas of your home, such as your roof and window and door seals.

If there’s damage, you know what to do next. You can reach an expert at SERVPRO of Tallahassee at any time, day or night. We will get to work restoring your home as soon as we get on scene.

As soon as you can get your family gathered, make sure you do a safety audit. If you can improve your communications, emergency kit and any other aspects, you will be even better prepared to deal with severe weather the next time it occurs.

If you discover storm damage to your home or business, you can count on SERVPRO to handle the restoration. We’re here 247 to spring into action—get in touch with us today.

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