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Making Advanced Preparations for Severe Storm Safety | SERVPRO® of Lancaster
If your home has been impacted by storm damage, SERVPRO of Lancaster will respond quickly to assist in any repairs.
Thunderstorms and other severe weather events have been known to cause unprecedented damages in impacted areas. While some severe storms will pass by without incident, others will lead to wind, hail and lightning damage that can devastate an area.
For this reason, it is important to prepare ahead of time so you are never caught off guard due to a severe thunderstorm. Being aware of weather alert definitions, stocking and storing your emergency kit, and obtaining a reliable weather alert system for the home will give you peace of mind and make sure you are as safe as possible during a severe weather event.
Be Aware of Weather Alert Definitions
When local officials issue weather alerts, it is important to be aware of what they mean so you can know how to respond appropriately and stay safe. If a severe weather watch is issued for an area, that means that storms are possible but not currently happening, so standing by and staying tuned is advised. For severe weather warnings, however, a storm is currently happening or about to begin—this means to take cover and prepare to be impacted by the storm.
Stock and Store Your Emergency Kit
Having all the essentials in case of severe weather will help keep you and your family comfortable and safe while severe weather passes through. Having reliable light sources and backup batteries, shelf-stable food and fresh water is helpful for comfort, and a first-aid kit will come in handy in case an injury occurs. You should store this emergency kit in a temperature-controlled area where your family can hunker down and wait for the storm to pass, such as a basement bathroom or a hallway.
Obtain a Reliable Weather Alert System
While we typically rely on the internet and our cell phones for any pertinent updates regarding the weather, in the event of severe weather, this is not advised. Cell phones can become unreliable due to dead batteries and poor reception when electricity and cell signals are impacted by storms, so obtaining a backup method for weather alerts such as a non-electric weather radio will allow you to be certain you will stay informed.
If your home has been impacted by storm damage, we are here for you. You can contact us 24⁄7 to get a quick response to your home’s damages.
Sewage Cleanup and Restoration During a Storm
Nobody likes to deal with it, but somebody must do it!
During a storm, there is a lot of chaos. Many people may not realize that walking through flood waters is actually very dangerous. Not only can you get washed away, but you can also become exposed to harmful bacteria due to sewage and otherwise contaminated water.
Three types of contaminated water
Category 1 is Clean Water, which you don’t necessarily want to drink, but it comes from a clean source.
Category 2 is Gray Water, which means it has a significant amount of contaminants.
Category 3 is Black Water, which is contaminated and can cause health effects.
Do you trust yourself or a non-expert enough to put your life or family’s lives on the line because you don’t want to report the loss to insurance, or deal with it at all?
Water during a major flood is flowing from place to place and may be picking up disgusting stuff along the way. It could be tapping the sewage drains in the streets, and then take itself into your home if your home is close enough to the ground.
SERVPRO of Lancaster has dealt with flood damage inside and outside of homes, even in crawlspaces. We can prevent further contamination to your home, so you don’t need to risk your well-being. Our step by step process will be explained in detail, and we can answer as many questions as you have. We want you to feel at ease with our company, and our cleanup process.
Lancaster Storm Damage - Anticipating the Worst
Although we don’t want to admit it, no one wants to prepare for the possibility of a storm. However, with Hurricane Harvey, we have seen what happens when families aren’t prepared. Animals are left behind, important documents are lost, and people don’t know where to go to get help or seek shelter. Having a plan in place and not having to use it is much better than not planning one and losing everything.
What does SERVPRO of Lancaster recommend?
Packing emergency bags full of food, water, medication, items for your pets, and making a list of important documents to grab (social security information, blood types, birth certificates, bills, deeds, license, registration, insurance, etc.) should be first on your list. Then, you should have an escape route. Where are you going to go once you flee your home? Do you have reliable vehicles, phones, etc.? Lastly, teach your children to seek help if for some reason you become separated during a natural disaster. There are many ways to do this, including making necklaces or bracelets for your children with emergency contact information, blood type and any allergies they have.
SERVPRO of Lancaster is here to help you put your home back together, should you ever need us. We are always here to help, especially during the worst disasters. Here are some more water and storm damage tips you can follow!