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Ready, Set, Storm Prep (Part I) – Preparing Your Home for a Storm

7/1/2022 (Permalink)


Ready, Set, Storm Prep (Part I) – Preparing Your Home for a Storm

One of the most prudent things a homeowner can do to protect their home is to start preparing for a storm ahead of time. Read on for some best practices you can do right now to ensure your home is storm ready. 

 Purchase a Weather Radio

Relying on a cell phone as your main source of information seems like a no-brainer… until the power goes out! A weather radio is a small device that broadcasts weather warnings and information 24/7 and can be a lifesaver (literally!) in emergency situations. Most weather radios are equipped with a hand crank so they never run out of juice, and some models even come with a built-in flashlight. These radios are fairly inexpensive (many are $20-$40) and can be purchased from most local hardware or big box stores.

 Compile a List of Emergency Contacts 

In this day and age, it’s rare to remember family members’ contact information because so much critical information is stored on our cell phones. Take the time now to make sure you have a written list of emergency contacts (phone numbers and addresses) in a safe place in case your phone dies or cell networks are down. 

Stock an “Emergency Pantry”

Having enough water and nonperishable food on hand for at least three days per family member is a must for storm preparedness. Additionally, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends storing one gallon of water per person for at least three days. And don’t forget your four-legged family members! Make sure you stock some dry or canned food for your furry friends and be sure to include them in the count when planning for water needs.

Have Fun… (No, really!)

Once the immediate danger of a storm has passed, you may be left without power for many hours, or even days, which means limited or no access to TV and mobile devices. (Queue the grumpy children and bored teenagers!) Consider stocking your Emergency Pantry with some “fun” items like board games, a deck of cards, coloring books, etc. 

Storms can hit unexpectedly so don’t wait until the last minute to make sure your home and family are protected. With these helpful tips, you’ll be equipped for any storm.

Here at SERVPRO we always want to help you put your best foot forward to avoid any fire, water, or mold damage. In the event that you do experience fire, water, or mold damage, we’re here to help! 

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