Will Your Emergency Plan Hold Up Against Severe Storms? | SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville
It’s natural to have fears about extreme weather. Storms are unpredictable and can cause rain, hail, lightning, flooding and strong winds that can all do serious damage to your home. Plus, considering that there are around 100,000 thunderstorms throughout the United States every year, everyone has a substantial risk of facing these weather events.
In Georgia, extreme weather is part of our daily lives. The mountainous region seems to hold in the weather for weeks at a time, and we’re stuck suffering the effects. On top of the dangerous storms and tornadoes, our risk of flooding is increasing as the average annual rainfall continues to rise.
Preparing for extreme weather is important because no one can control what may come—and we’re here to help. You should create an emergency kit, a communication strategy and a contingency plan for handling these disasters. Taking these steps can help you stay safer during dangerous weather, and it can help your home avoid major damage.
The first step to being prepared for emergencies is ensuring clear communication between everyone in your immediate family. Next, you must make sure that you can receive alerts from your local authorities so you know when to seek shelter or evacuate the area.
Secondly, you should guarantee that you won’t be missing out on emergency alerts. While cell phones are incredible pieces of technology, they always seem to run out of charge at the worst time. Having a power bank for your phone and a battery-operated NOAA weather radio is the best way to avoid this problem.
Finally, creating a communication strategy for your household is important. You do this by making sure that everyone knows to get in the safe room (a room in the center of the house with no windows is best) when the weather goes from bad to worse. Checking in and communicating with everyone who is away from home can help you keep peace of mind while making sure everyone stays safe.
Crafting an emergency kit that is custom to your needs is crucial for being prepared. It should be kept stocked with a minimum of 72 hours worth of gear, and stored in the safe room of your home.
Packing your emergency kit can be complicated, but the basic items should be nonperishable foods, clean water (more than you think), flashlights, batteries and first-aid supplies. Additionally, items like extra clothing, blankets, potential prescription medication and helmets can come in handy during disasters.
Once the dangers have passed, you should always take the proper steps to improve your level of preparation. Going through your safety plan and building on it, as well as taking a walk around your home to check your property for damage.
Additionally, it’s a good idea to check your roof and the seals around windows, doors and the corners of your house where water damage is most common.
In the event that you find damage, you should know who to call. SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville has an expert team in green that you can count on for a quick response. We’re on call 24⁄7 so we can be there as soon as you need us, anytime that you need us.
With storm season in full swing and the constantly changing weather that comes with living in Georgia, it’s critical that you stay prepared.
After the dust has settled and your family is safe, taking a moment to check your safety plan can help you improve it for next time. Learning how your communication strategy either worked or did not, and understanding what additional items you may need in your emergency kit are good steps to take so that you’re better prepared overall.
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.