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How to Deal with Storm Damage in Your Home
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Mother Nature to cause extensive and expensive damage to your home or business. It’s been such a rainy season in Georgia that it doesn’t take much to bring trees and powerlines down.
Here are a few tips to prevent storm damage to your property
- CLEAN THE GUTTERS (preferably twice a year, but definitely in the fall). It doesn’t take a lot of dead leaves and branches to clog downspouts.
- Check your roof for loose or missing shingles. If you see that your roof is damaged, repair it immediately. It is much cheaper to replace missing shingles than wait and be forced to repair your ceilings, walls, and deal with mold due to poor maintenance.
- Walk around your yard and inspect trees- If you are not sure if a tree needs to come down, call a tree expert
- If you have any questions about your coverage, call your insurance agency.
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Tips to protect your basement from storm damage and flooding
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Weather incidents account for more than half of all homeowners’ insurance claims according to the Insurance Journal. If you don’t want your beautiful finished basement to become an indoor pool after a bad storm… follow these tips.
- Prevention and maintenance is key.
- Try to keep as much of that rain water away from your home.
- Look at the grade of your backyard and make sure it slopes away from your home (and not towards your basement)
- Clean the gutters regularly
- Repair any cracks in the wall or floor
- Invest in a sump pump
- Review your insurance policy and check for flood insurance
- Ask your security company about flood sensors. New technology allows you to monitor your basement from your phone.
Tornado Warning vs. Tornado Watch
We’ve had an incredibly stormy summer around Decatur. A few days ago, we were under a tornado watch, but what does that mean? Do you know the difference between a tornado warning and a tornado watch? Tornadoes are arguably nature's most violent storms and it is important to be knowledgeable about these differences.
The National Weather Service says that an easy way to remember the difference is Tornado Watch- Be Prepared! Tornado Warning- TAKE ACTION!
A Tornado Watch is issued by the Storm Prediction Center (NOAA) and it means that tornadoes are possible in our area. A Tornado Warning means that a tornado has been sighted, and there is imminent danger to your life and your home. Go to an interior room, with no windows, on the lowest level of your home. If you live in a mobile home, seek shelter in a building. Make sure you have a way to get real-time warnings (TV, radio, weather app, Wireless Emergency Alert, etc.)
It is important to remember that just because nothing happened last time there was a tornado warning or watch in your area doesn’t mean it can’t happen now. Tornadoes can cause massive destruction within seconds, so always, always, always err on the side of caution.
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Safety Tips during the 2018 Hurricane Season
Think ahead, have a plan and be prepared
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is asking residents in the southeast to begin preparing for this year’s hurricane season.
Hurricanes are not only a threat to coastal areas, you can still be affected more than 100 miles inland. Storm surge, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, landslides high winds and tornadoes can cause catastrophic damage. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1st to November 30th.
- Talk to your family and come up with an emergency/evacuation plan.
- Know your area’s risk of hurricanes.
- In case you need to leave your home, make sure your family knows where to meet.
- Have an emergency preparedness kit. Gather enough supplies to last for at least three days.
- Don’t forget about your pets
- Keep important documents in a safe place. Have your insurance information handy. Take a picture of your policy number, etc.
- Keep your car in good working condition, and keep the gas tank full.
- Only use generators outdoors and away from windows.
- If you are told to evacuate, do so immediately.
- Don’t walk, swim or drive though flood waters.
For more information visit ready.gov or download the FEMA app.
Fire Safety Tips during Summer Storms
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Around Henry and Spalding Counties, we’ve been having a very rainy and stormy summer. Here are some tips to keep your family and your home safe when severe weather hits.
- Develop and practice an evacuation plan ahead of a severe weather event. (Don’t forget to have a plan for your pets too)
- Stay out of flood waters, if possible, and do not drive into flooded areas. Even water only several inches deep can be dangerous.
- There is no place outside that is safe during a thunderstorm, and if you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance of lighting
- Stay away from windows and doors
- Turn off computers and unplug appliances
- If possible, don’t run the dishwasher or washing machine during a storm
- Wait at least 30 minutes after hearing thunder before leaving your house or shelter
Source: https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Emergency-Preparedness/Natural-disasters/Severe-storms, www.nfpa.org/education
Storm Damage Emergency Tips
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These are some do’s and don’ts on what to do after a flood
What To Do After Flooding
- Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
- Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
- Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
- Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
- Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
- Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
- Gather loose items from floors.
What NOT To Do After Flooding
- Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
- Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
- Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
- Don't use television or other household appliances.
- Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.
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Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.
Resources to Handle Storms
When storms hit Decatur, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of more than 1,700 Franchises across the country.
We are ready to work with you if a storm ever damages your home or business!
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Be Ready for Any Size Disaster
Any type of disaster, big or small, can be scary when it is directly affecting your business. According to the latest research as many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster; of the businesses that do manage to survive a large portion of them had a preparedness plan in place. SERVPRO offers a no cost assessment of your facility in order to provide you with an Emergency READY profile, so that you will know the exact steps to take when your business is in need. Do not let a storm take advantage of you, but instead be prepared for anything it has to throw your way!
Our Emergency READY Program and the American Red Cross Ready Rating program are perfect partners.
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According to the weather channel, Georgia is the U.S. state with the most tornadoes so far in 2017, setting a new state record of 102 tornadoes. With that in mind it is important to be knowledgeable and up to date on these facts about tornadoes.
Tornadoes are arguably nature's most violent storms. Generated from powerful thunderstorms, tornadoes generally appear as rotating, funnel-shaped clouds extending from the closed base to the ground. With winds that can reach up to 300 miles per hour, tornadoes can cause massive destruction within seconds. Damage paths can be in excess of one mile wide and fifty miles long.
- The average tornado moves southwest to northeast, but tornadoes have been known to move in any direction.
- The average forward speed of a tornado is 30 miles per hour, but may vary from stationary to 70 miles per hour.
- Tornadoes can accompany tropical storms and hurricanes as they move onto land.
- Tornadoes are most frequently reported east of the Rocky Mountains during spring and summer months.
- Tornadoes are most likely to occur between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m.
If a storm does happen to occur, please don't hesitate to contact us at 404-378-9998!
Thunderstorm Safety and How to Prepare
Thunderstorms can happen nearly anywhere around the world and have the potential to be extremely dangerous. The typical thunderstorm is 15 miles in diameter and lasts an average of 30 minutes; nearly 1,800 thunderstorms are happening at any moment around the world! Although thunderstorms can occur year-round they are more common during the spring and summer months.
WATCH VS. WARNING
- A watch is issued when conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms in and around the watch area. It does not mean that a thunderstorm will occur, only that it is possible.
- A warning is issued when severe thunderstorms are occurring or imminent in the warning area.
- Build an emergency kit and make a family communication plan.
- Keep dead or rotting limbs trimmed to prevent them from falling during a storm.
- Do not hesitate to postpone outdoor activities.
- Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.
- Shutter your windows and secure outside doors.
- Unplug any electronic equipment well before the storm arrives!
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Three Ways to Prevent Storm Damage to Your Home
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An unexpected storm can hit your town at any day throughout the year. While it is hard to prepare on the spot when a storm is headed your way there are several preventative measures you can take ahead of time to minimize the risk of damage to your home when severe weather does hit. According to MoonWorks here are three steps you can take before a major storm hits your town.
- Remove Dead Wood.
By trimming the trees around your home on a regular basis there is less of a chance for heavy limbs to fall on and damage your home when large winds blow through.
- Secure Outdoor Items.
When you are aware of a storm coming your way try to put all loose items such as grills, picnic tables, umbrellas, and lawn furniture inside in order to prevent damage to these items or a nearby window.
- Inspect Roof Periodically.
A brand new roof should be able to withstand most weather that comes it way, but if your roof is more like 5-10 years old it might be time to get it checked for loose shingles, nails and sheathing. It is better to go ahead and fix these small aspects of your roof now then to have to pay for the extensive damages when a big storm hits.
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