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Hurricane Preparedness Saves Lives

6/8/2016 (Permalink)

Boarding up windows before a hurricane can reduce damage to your property.

Prepare for the storm before it arrives

We are regularly contacted to clean up after hurricane damage. We've also discovered that the majority of people in the local community are not adequately prepared for a hurricane. A hurricane is a severe thunderstorm or cyclone related storm that might strike anytime between June and November of every year. Those storms whip up winds that might come close to 75 mph. Those are some very powerful winds. That kind of storm could wreck an entire community. However, there are a few things that we suggest people do to stay safe during the storm. We recommend that they prepare an emergency kit, make plans to secure the property at a moments notice, and establish a way to communicate with the family members in other locations. 

The Emergency Hurricane Kit 

Every hurricane emergency kit should include all the basics that would get an individual or a complete family through the storm safely. First, it is important to realize that you might not have any power. Therefore, it is a safe bet that you should only include items that run on battery power. Include several flashlights, extra batteries, battery-operated radio, battery operated emergency weather station, a basic first aid kit, some nonperishable snacks, canned food, gloves, blankets, lighter, matches, bottled water, extra clothing, emergency siren, extra medicine, cash, and pet food for pet owners. Store the items together in a safe, and dry place for use. 

Securing The Property Before A Hurricane 

You hear that a hurricane is on the way. You'll probably only have several minutes or perhaps more to prepare. Remember, those winds could tear your property apart. Start removing outside furniture, plants, cans, and other items that are loose. Store them in a safe place, like the garage or a basement. Remove any low hanging dangling tree branches that might blow down against the windows. Board up all the windows on your home and your garage. Place bags of sand around exterior areas of the home that might experience flooding. Move all important personal papers to a waterproof safe or up to higher floors. Establish a safe room for the family to stay, if an evacuation was not ordered. 

Keep Communication Open During A Hurricane 

Certainly, it is also important to keep communication open with your entire family. Establish a way for your family to communicate with each other during an evacuation, if other members are in different locations. For example, through a median cell-phone number, email, or even over social media sites. Arrange for a place to meet, at a shelter or check-point outside of the hurricane zone, if possible. 

If you require a quick and efficient clean up because of water damage or flooding after a storm, call SERVPRO of Arlington. Our trained technicians will arrive fast and restore your property to normal. (904) 721-2230

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