Preparing Ahead of Time for Severe Weather | SERVPRO® of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield
Though it is true that storms can be a routine occurrence, that does not mean that they are anything to be taken lightly. Any storm that has thunder and lightning also has the potential to cause severe damages in the way of hail, lightning strikes and high winds.
That is why it is vital to pay attention to weather forecasts and make sure you are prepared ahead of time. Understand what weather alerts mean, obtain emergency equipment and find a trustworthy way to receive weather updates so you can be certain you are ready.
Understand What Weather Alerts Mean
The issuing of weather alerts is something that officials do not take lightly, so it is something that everyone should take seriously by understanding how to react. When a thunderstorm watch is issued, the best thing to do is to stay alert and aware. A storm could develop but is not currently in the area. When it is upgraded to a thunderstorm warning is when you should seek shelter and tune into your weather radio for pertinent updates.
Obtain Emergency Equipment
It is always a good idea to make sure you have emergency equipment in your home, especially if you may find yourself in the path of severe weather. Flashlights, extra power sources, nonperishable food and plenty of water are all good things to keep, in addition to a first-aid kit. These should be stored wherever your home’s safest area is—generally a spot away from windows with few external walls.
Find a Trustworthy Way to Receive Weather Updates
Though our phones are our one-stop source for most pieces of news and weather, they are not the most reliable source during a storm. Because power can go out and cell reception can falter, a weather radio is a much more reliable choice for getting updates during severe weather. Make sure the model you use can be manually or battery-powered so you do not have to worry about any last-minute outages.
If your home has been impacted by storm damage, we are here for you. You can contact us 24⁄7 to get a quick response to your home’s damages.