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Take on Storms With These Steps | SERVPRO of South Atlanta

6/7/2022 (Permalink)

a dark cloudy sky with lighting strikes off in the distance If you discover storm damage to your home or business, reach out to SERVPRO of South Atlanta right away.

The weather in Atlanta can be unpredictable, and there are times when light showers turn into frightening storms. In the United States each year, there are around 100,000 thunderstorms, so they occur fairly often.

As recently as April, strong storms swept through Atlanta, accompanied by damaging wind. However, the biggest effect from the weather was flooding, which damaged multiple houses in the area.

Weather is uncontrollable, but we can certainly prepare for it—and that’s what we’ll discuss today. Making plans and preparations for storms is an important way to keep your home and family safe. This includes putting together an emergency kit, developing a communications strategy and planning for the aftermath.

Your Severe Weather Communication Strategy

In bad weather situations, you need to have a communication plan for everyone in your house. You should have a way for everyone to check in in case one or more people are away from home at the time of the storm.

Additionally, make sure that everyone in the home knows the designated safe area in your home, probably the basement or bathroom, so they can go there in the event of bad weather.

Next, you need to have a couple of ways to receive official weather alerts. The best items to have on hand are your cell phone and an NOAA weather radio. You want to listen out for any weather watches and warnings because they will tell you how to react in the specific situation.

Your Severe Weather Emergency Kit

A family emergency kit should contain all the essentials your family members need to shelter in place for at least 72 hours, and it should be kept in your storm shelter at home. Your kit needs to be packed full of essential items, including food, water, flashlights and batteries, first-aid supplies, and any other things your family members might need.

Your Severe Weather Aftermath Checklist

As soon as the storm passes, take a deep breath and round up all of your family members! Take a little bit of time to evaluate your entire safety plan while it is still fresh in your mind. You should find out how effective the communications, emergency kit and other elements were during the storm. This will help you better prepare for the next thunderstorm.

The next thing you want to do once it is safe to is check your property for damage. Your home may have suffered anywhere from minor to major damage, and the quicker you address the problem, the better. Some specific areas to check are your roof and window and door seals.

In the unfortunate case you do find damage, you need a team of skilled restoration professionals on your side. SERVPRO of South Atlanta can be that team for you and get your home back to tip-top shape as soon as possible.

If you discover storm damage to your home or business, you can count on SERVPRO to handle the restoration. We’re here 247 to spring into action— call (404) 592-9634 to get in touch with us today.

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