Should I Be Concerned With Severe Weather? | SERVPRO® of East Mecklenburg/Matthews
There are plenty of things to be concerned with on a daily basis, and for many people, planning for severe weather ends up pushed to the sidelines. Though severe weather can feel like a more abstract concern than a literal one, it is still extremely dangerous.
Responsible for many injuries and fatalities each year, severe weather can cause serious issues—especially for those who have not taken the time to prepare.
Why Should I Be Concerned With Severe Weather?
Severe weather is certainly unpredictable, but it is also unavoidable. Chances are, you will be impacted by a thunderstorm, high winds or heavy rains at some point, and not acting with safety in mind can put you or your family in harm’s way.
Severe weather can cause many issues ranging from lightning strikes to wind damage to bodily harm, in addition to the significant threat that flash floods can cause. Though we may never be able to know exactly when and where severe weather will strike, preparing for it is the best thing we can do.
How Can I Be Safer in the Event of Severe Weather?
Get a reliable weather update system. If severe weather is possible, local officials will issue watches and warnings accordingly, and being able to tune into these alerts can potentially save a life. Instead of relying on a cell phone, get a battery or hand-powered weather radio so you can tune in even if cell reception becomes spotty due to storms.
Pack a household emergency kit. Having an emergency kit in the home is a must, as storms can knock out power and floods can knock out utility services. Your kit should have everything your family might need for a few days, including light sources, food, water and first-aid supplies.
Create an evacuation plan. In most instances, you will want to stay put in the event of severe weather—but if you are in the path of a flash flood, you will want to move to higher ground. Make sure you have an evacuation plan in case this happens, and practice it as a family beforehand so you can execute it smoothly if you are in danger.
If your home is damaged due to a storm or severe weather, we are here to help. You can contact us at any hour to learn more about our restoration services or to report damage to your own home. Call us today.