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While the spring season is know for the potential for severe weather, the threat exists throughout the summer months as well. In fact, the potential for severe weather even increases in some areas. Hurricane season in the Atlantic begins June 1st and runs through November 30th. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season begins May 15th also ending November 30th.
While it may be difficult to prepare for the unpredictable, there are steps you can take now to ensure you are ready when disaster strikes. Your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can provide tips and tools to help. Here are a few tips to consider when preparing for an approaching storm.
Before the Storm
- Build an emergency supply kit and develop a communication plan.
- Unplug any electronic equipment before the storm arrives.
- Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.
- If you are outdoors, get inside a building, home or hard top vehicle (not a convertible)
- Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades or curtains.
During the Storm
- Use your battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio for updates.
- Avoid contact with corded phones. Cordless/cellular phones are safe to use.
- Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords.
- Stay away from windows and doors.
- Unplug appliances and electrical items, like computers. Power surges from lightning can cause serious damage.
- Avoid contact with plumbing. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity.
After the Storm
- Never drive through a flooded roadway.
- Stay away from storm-damaged areas to keep from putting yourself at risk from the effects of severe thunderstorms.
- Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately.