3 Storm Preparation Tips
Each year, weather events damage homes in our local community. In the last two years, for example, we had periods of flooding, and in 2018, we had bad freezes, the outer bands of Hurricane Florence, and heavy snowfall. We also had tornado damage in Hickory near the end of 2017. These events usually result in numerous homes and businesses suffering from some sort of storm damage. Because you never know how these storms will play out, it’s important you take steps to prepare in advance.
How to Prepare for A Storm Event
1. Always have a fully stocked emergency preparedness kit. An emergency preparedness kit is an essential tool for any type of disaster. Your kit may include several things, but there are usually staple items, such as a First-Aid kit, food, and water. For a full checklist, we recommend you visit Ready.org.
2. Prepare your home for potential damage. Each type of storm brings its own set of threats. An ice storm encourages pipes to freeze and burst. Hurricanes and tornadoes can down trees and turn unsecured objects into dangerous projectiles. Once you know what kind of storm you have, visit Ready.org to learn the types of damages you can expect, as well as how you can prepare.
3. Track the storm. It’s always a good idea to know when and where a storm is going to strike. Not only does this give you a timeline, but it can also help you understand the potential impact and whether you need to evacuate. Today’s phones will alert you of impending weather threats, but periodically checking on your local weather station can give you ample time to prepare.
When You Need Storm Professionals
Because storms can be destructive, they involve a lot of preparation. But if your Hickory, NC home or business does have storm damage, we’re your local disaster restoration company. Our IICRC-certified technicians can clean up after flooding, burst pipes, and more, so if you need help, call SERVPRO of Alexander, Caldwell, Burke and Catawba Counties!