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Increase Your Severe Weather Preparations Before Storms Strike | SERVPRO® of Reno Southwest

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

Thunderstorms are quite a common occurrence during periods of warmer weather, but it is not possible to know exactly how much devastation they can cause. Because their ability to cause damage is quite high, it is best to assume that every storm has the ability to cause damage and prepare your household accordingly—this way you will know exactly what to do when severe weather strikes.

Knowing the meaning behind weather alerts, stocking your disaster supplies and having reliable access to weather updates will go a long way in keeping you and your family safe during storms.

Know the Meaning Behind Weather Alerts

Understanding the meaning that weather alerts carry is a useful skill so you know exactly how to respond when they are issued by local weather officials. When a thunderstorm watch is announced, storms are a possibility and everyone in the area should stay alert for updates. When a thunderstorm warning is issued, that means there is an active storm in the area and everyone should seek shelter right away.

Stock Your Disaster Supplies

A well-stocked disaster supply kit will make sure that you can wait out the storm and stay comfortable while you do so. Electricity will often be knocked out during storms, so having fresh water, non-perishable foods and battery-operated flashlights are all helpful tools to keep you comfortable. A first-aid kit is also a smart thing to pack in case someone is injured. You should keep your disaster supplies in a well-protected area of your house, such as a basement or hallway, so you and your household can stay in a protected area for the duration of the storm.

Have Reliable Access to Weather Updates

Though our cell phones have revolutionized the way we receive news and important updates about the world, they are not as useful in the event of severe weather. Because cell reception can be faulty during severe weather and electrical outages can render phones without a full charge useless, it is best to have another way to access weather updates. A NOAA Weather Radio is a smart solution for this that you can keep in your disaster kit at all times.

If your home has been impacted by storm damage, we are here for you. You can contact us 247 to get a quick response to your home’s damages.

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