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Surviving the Storm: Essential Tips for Storm Preparedness & Recovery

8/14/2023 (Permalink)

Storms are a force of nature that can cause substantial damage to homes and businesses. Understanding the risks, preparing effectively, and knowing how to respond in the aftermath are critical steps to safeguarding your property and ensuring a swift recovery. Here are some important guidelines on how to be storm-ready and recover efficiently.

Understanding the Risks

Every storm carries its unique set of risks. Torrential rains can lead to flash floods, high-speed winds can cause structural damage, and lightning can spark fires. Identifying the specific threats associated with different types of storms in your region can inform your preparedness strategies and response mechanisms.

Storm Preparedness

1. Safeguard Your Property:

Your property is your first line of defense against a storm. Regularly inspect your home or business premises for potential vulnerabilities. Ensure your roofing is in good condition and that gutters are clean and damage-free. Secure loose items outside your property that could become dangerous projectiles in high winds. Install storm shutters or use plywood to protect windows.

2. Create a Disaster Plan:

Develop an emergency plan that includes evacuation routes, meeting points in case family members or employees get separated, and a list of emergency contacts. Consider the needs of pets and any special requirements of family members or employees.

3. Assemble an Emergency Kit:

Keep a kit ready with essential items like bottled water, non-perishable food, flashlights, extra batteries, first-aid kit, necessary medications, important documents, and a battery-powered or hand-cranked radio.

Weathering the Storm

1. Stay Informed:

Follow the latest weather forecasts and heed local authorities' advice. If ordered to evacuate, do so promptly. Your safety should always be the priority.

2. Secure Your Property:

Before the storm hits, ensure your property is as secure as possible. Bring outdoor furniture inside, shut off utilities if instructed to do so, and lock all doors and windows.

After the Storm

1. Assess the Damage:

Once it's safe to return, assess your property for damage. Document the damage for insurance purposes by taking pictures and making detailed notes.

2. Cleanup and Restoration:

Post-storm cleanup and restoration can be a complex process, often requiring professional assistance. SERVPRO's expert teams are trained to handle post-storm cleanup and restoration, helping you get your property back to its pre-storm condition as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Storms can be formidable, but with preparation and the right recovery partner, you can weather them and bounce back effectively. Remember, when the storm passes, SERVPRO is ready to assist with cleanup and restoration services. To learn more, reach out to us anytime at 212-768-9400. Your safety and quick recovery are our top priority.

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