Winter Time Storm Preparation Tips From SERVPRO of Westfield
Though it’s the beginning of winter, don’t think that you’re exempt from facing a storm with potential flooding. Taking proactive steps to protect your family and property from severe storms before they hit can save lives and minimize damage to your home or business.
Severe storms including hail storms, and flooding can cause billions of dollars in damage in the United States every year. When big storms hit, many families find themselves disorganized and unprepared. When preparing for a storm, it is important to have a storm plan and make sure everyone in your home knows the plan, in case of emergency.
Having a plan increases your chances of keeping you and your family safe. If you live in an area prone to flooding, consider buying flood insurance, as flooding is typically not covered under most homeowner’s insurance policies. In order to stay safe, it is important to understand your risks and have a plan of action in place before the storm hits.
Creating Your Storm Safety Plan
The first step is to create a written disaster plan and review it with everyone in your family, or as we call it at SERVPRO® of Westfield an ERP, Emergency Response Plan. Make sure everyone knows where to go and what to do in case of an emergency. Identify an emergency meeting place, such as a park, building, or other landmark near your home. If you get separated during the storm, have everyone meet at the designated location.
It is smart to assign an out-of-state friend or relative to be your family's emergency contact person. Teach all of the adults and responsible children how to shut off utilities in your home. Shutting off gas and water mains can decrease your risk of additional damage.
When severe storms are approaching your Houston community, tune into a local TV or radio broadcast covering the storm and follow evacuation orders, if they are issued. Check your emergency supplies and make sure you have enough water for everyone in your home, typically 1 gallon of water per person, per day for at least 3 days. Fill up your bathtubs with clean water. Turn your refrigerator and freezer up to the maximum setting so your food will stay cold for as long as possible in the event of a power outage. If you have storm shutters on your windows, make sure they are closed and secured. If not you can use pre-cut plywood to cover exposed glass. To prevent damage from flying objects, bring outdoor furniture, tools, pots and toys in from outside. Secure important documents, photographs and other valuables in a waterproof and/or fireproof case.
For more information on the services that SERVPRO® of Westfield provides regarding water and storm damage cleanup for your commercial or residential structure, please visit or call:
Call SERVPRO of Westfield (281) 907-0018.