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Storm Damage is the Largest Homeowner's Insurance Claim Every Year in Dutchess County

8/29/2022 (Permalink)

An image of the cover page of a white document with the words "Insurance Policy" written in black. When storm damage affects your home, call SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County, your local leader in property restoration!

Every year, millions of American homeowners, including some right here in Poughkeepsie and the Hudson Valley, have to file a claim on their homeowners insurance because their home has been damaged and needed restoration services.

Can you guess the most common hazards homeowners face?

Severe weather issues, such as wind, hail and rain, are among the most common reasons that homeowners need restoration help. Storm damage can affect your home in a myriad of ways!

Accidents and appliance malfunctions are also common culprits when homeowners have to call for restoration help.

While you can’t prevent all the issues that might threaten your home, you can take an important step if your home is damaged to ensure it’s limited and remedied quickly.

Getting help with restoration and repair work as soon as possible is the most important start when you've suffered storm damage. Water damage and mold damage can begin to take hold within hours, so timing is vital to successful home restoration. Secondary issues can be significant and come with a high price tag.

SERVPRO Is Always Here

Our teams are available to help you 247, especially if you’re dealing with an emergency. That means you can call us on nights, weekends and holidays, too. We have a live team ready and on stand-by when you need it the most.

There are plenty of reasons to choose SERVPRO beyond our speed and availability. They include:

Our highly skilled and trained technicians. You can rest assured that our team members have all the certifications and state-of-the-art training needed to provide the highest level of restoration services possible. We want to help you restore your home in the most effective and efficient ways possible.

Our access to the most up-to-date technology. Because we’re affiliated with SERVPRO, a trusted national brand, we have access to the type of technology you would expect with such a well-known partner. We bring that access here to the communities we serve.

Our length and experience in the business. Our SERVPRO franchise began locally over 30 years ago. We have the long term experience and expertise to handle any storm damage issue you might have. Our staff lives, works and raises their families locally so there's no waiting for someone from outside of the Hudson Valley to finally get to you. Trust the local leader, SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County.

If your home is damaged due to fire, water or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help your family.

How Storm Damage Can Affect Your Beacon Home

8/26/2022 (Permalink)

Many bolts of white lightning streaking across a black sky Preparing and maintaining your home for potential storms can make a huge difference when it comes to storm damage in your home!

Extreme weather events are a common occurrence, and regardless of the house you have, everyone can face some risk of suffering damage. These severe storms can bring high-velocity winds, hail and many other hazards in minutes.

The type of storm, combined with your home’s condition, the landscape, drainage and many other factors, will help determine the level of damage that you might see.

Although all of us have a good amount of knowledge on storm damage, it’s particularly important for us here in the Hudson Valley, where severe weather is common.

Flooding and high-powered storms are the most common events that we see, so our government has created this Weather Emergency Preparedness Site so that we can be ready for what may happen in our region.

Take a look at the main types of storm damage and how you can mitigate or even prevent them from happening:

Wind

Wind damage happens when buildings experience high gusts, but this doesn’t only happen with tornadoes and hurricanes. Thunderstorms and Straight Line Storms can also cause dangerous winds of up to 100 mph.

These wind speeds mean that your home could be struck by heavy debris like mailboxes, trees, lawn furniture, rocks and small vehicles.

You should always take shelter far from windows or glass doors and heed local weather alerts to know what’s coming. Also, take time before the storm arrives to clear limbs, rocks or other debris from your property.

Water

When storms produce heavy rainfall, water can pool and begin a flash flood in under 30 minutes. This means that thousands of gallons could be poured onto your land, seeping inside your doors and through the cracks in your walls.

To reduce the amount of water that your home sees, you might want to landscape your property in ways that will direct water away instead of pooling it nearby. You can also build a rain garden on your property, which can help soak up heavy rainfall and reduce flooding risks.

Those living in areas prone to basement flooding can trust in sump pumps in the basement areas to help get rid of pooling water efficiently.

Lastly, keep your home in good condition with regular maintenance and upkeep and make sure your gutters and roof are clear of debris to prevent an overload of water from damaging your home from top to bottom.

Impact

The last main kind of storm damage is from impacts. This may seem obvious, but the causes can be anything from a fallen tree to a mailbox flying through the air. The best way to avoid disastrous impacts is to ensure no trees around your home are at risk of falling or losing limbs.

Weather disasters resulted in an estimated $145 billion in damages last year in this country. This is why it’s important to follow these steps and take action before the storm strikes. This could save you money and stress associated with recovering from a disaster.

If your home is damaged by storm damage, call SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County immediately. We have teams of experts that will come in fast and have your home back to its preloss condition.

When you suffer storm-related damage to your home or business, it’s important that you know who to call! Contact us today to get your storm damage restoration started faster.

Don’t Allow Your Poughkeepsie Backyard Fire to Become a Disaster | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County

8/10/2022 (Permalink)

Orange and red embers from a fire floating in the black sky Fire Prevention outside is just as important as inside your Poughkeepsie home!

Everyone loves the atmosphere around a fire. Sitting at your Poughkeepsie home with your family roasting marshmallows or telling stories all night long is a great way to enjoy your property.

Fire is used in a variety of ways, such as cooking food, controlling bugs and removing dead plant debris, but every fire carries inherent risks. The National Park Service states that humans cause nearly 85% of wildfires.

In New York, we face a medium risk of wildfires. Although we don’t have crazy wildfires like some states, 95% of New York wildfires are caused by humans. This tells us that we face just as much risk as anywhere else because our actions are causing the fires.

However, this does not mean that you should avoid burning leaves or having a campfire with the family. If you follow the proper safety procedures and treat every fire with a high level of caution, you can enjoy the benefits of a contained fire while reducing the risk of disaster.

Recreational Fire Hazards

Fires of all kinds carry natural risks, but it’s been seen that campfires, grilling and fireworks are among the most frequent causes of outdoor fires. Approximately 8,800 home fires begin from the use of grills annually, so it’s important to double-check every part of yours before walking away from it.

When putting together a campfire, it’s key to select a spot at least 30 feet from any structure or vehicle. Beyond this, stick to using wood for fuel, as adding other flammable material could increase the chance of your fire spreading out of control.

Many homes have added fire pits to their backyard, as it gives a campsite feel while still on your own property. These pits carry similar risks to other kinds of fire, though, so make sure that you follow the same precautions that you would with any flame.

Additionally, a lot of people choose to get rid of household or construction debris with a fire, but this is dangerous to both your home and your health. Only burn approved firewood to reduce your risk of starting the next natural disaster.

In New York, fireworks legislation is generally left up to the county governments to decide. In Dutchess County, the government has approved the sale of small fireworks like bottle rockets and sparklers for civilian use. However, if you want to see some real explosions, you’ll have to attend an official firework show that is permitted by our local ordinances.

Other Outdoor Fire Hazards

Given the risks that fires can have, they still serve a purpose in our daily lives. Areas like ours that see high levels of dead debris in the fall and winter may need to use fires to prevent the buildup of leaves.

Outdoor burning is legal in the state of New York, but there was a mandatory burn ban from March 16 through May 14 to help prevent wildfire disasters. Even though our burn ban period is relatively short, you should always use extreme caution when burning a large area fire.

Making sure your property is clear of excess debris can significantly increase your protection against wildfires. Additionally, you can use landscaping techniques that will help prevent a wildfire from spreading to your home. Most importantly, knowing what to burn and adhering to fire safety guidelines can help you reduce the risk of suffering damage.

Using accelerants like gasoline can cause a fire to expand rapidly and get out of hand faster than you can react. You should never resort to adding gas to fire, and always make sure the gasoline is stored properly in certified containers.

Before you decide to light that nighttime fire, check our local weather updates for any signs that a fire could be a bad idea. High winds and a lack of rain can create the perfect chance for a campfire to become a regional disaster.

If you are unfortunate enough to experience fire damage, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County. We have an expert team with training in every part of fire damage restoration, and it’s always our goal to have you back in your restored home as soon as possible.

Burn safely outdoors. And save some chocolate for us! If you have experienced fire or smoke damage, contact us today to get restoration started faster.

How Does a Storm Safety Plan Help You Prepare Your Hopewell Junction Home?

8/4/2022 (Permalink)

Black and grey storm clouds with several streaks of white lightning coming out of them. No matter where you live in Dutchess County or anywhere in N.Y., a storm safety plan is a must for any home and family!

Many people try not to think about it, but severe weather can be frightening and dangerous. Not to mention the fact that there are around 100,000 thunderstorms throughout the United States every year, bringing heavy rain, strong winds, hail and flooding, all putting you and your Hopewell Junction home at risk.

In New York, we are often led to believe that the winter is the time for fear, and while those winter storms should cause concern, it’s the spring and summer storms that frequently do the most damage. Here in Dutchess County, the Hudson River, Wappingers and Fishkill Creeks run right through a lot of our towns, putting everyone’s property in this area at risk of flood damage.

Unfortunately, we can’t hit a magic button and make extreme weather disappear, but we can take action ahead of time to be prepared for when it happens.

Among the steps you should take, creating an emergency kit and forming a communication strategy with your family are two of the most important. We’ll discuss a variety of ways to help you prepare for storms, and ideally, reduce the impact that they have on you and your home or business.

Your Severe Weather Communication Strategy

As they often say “communication is key,” and this is especially true during dangerous weather. By knowing where your loved ones are, you can focus on yourself and everyone is in the home instead of being distracted.

Along with family communication, listening to your local officials for emergency alerts is important to stay informed about the current situation. Cellphones and television work well, but storms can knock out the power or a signal, so an NOAA weather radio is a good thing to have.

Finally, creating a communication strategy between the people in your household is crucial. This includes designating a room in the home to take shelter in, ideally in the center of the home with no windows nearby.

Your Severe Weather Emergency Kit

The art of being prepared goes far beyond proper communication and planning—it also requires you to have the right materials as well. Typically it’s smart to keep at least 72 hours worth of food, water and medical supplies (including prescriptions) in case of emergency.

If you want to be extra prepared, pack batteries, flashlights, clothes, blankets and a portable battery pack for any devices. Once you’ve gathered the items and packed them neatly, store the emergency kit in your chosen safe room so that it’s ready to use when necessary.

Your Severe Weather Aftermath Checklist

After the extreme weather is over, you should take a few additional steps in order to stay prepared for the next event. Taking account of how your planning and strategy worked or didn’t work will allow you to improve it and stay ready.

Lastly, once it’s safe to exit the home with your family, take some time to check your property for damage.

While most damage is immediately visible, it’s a good idea to check your roof, windows, doors, and crawl space or basement for any signs of moisture or other damage indicators.

While we hope that your home is left untouched, storms will frequently do damage to the modern home as well as the classic, so knowing the next step is important. At SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County, you can rely on us to respond quickly and be there right when you need us.

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—get in touch with us today.

Why SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County is Your Best Choice for Damage Restoration in Wappingers Falls

8/3/2022 (Permalink)

2 SERVPRO technicians unloading green SERVPRO equipment from a green SERVPRO van. SERVPRO of Western Dutchess is the top choice for restoration services in the Hudson Valley!

When you’re dealing with fire, water, storm, sewage or mold damage to your home or office in Wappingers Falls, figuring out what your next steps should be is overwhelming. Even with the rate of natural disasters continuing to rise, it still might feel like these damages can never happen to you. 

The good news is that SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County has over 30 years of damage restoration experience locally here in the Hudson Valley and our seasoned pros know exactly what to do to get you back to normal effectively and efficiently.

Our approach to restoration is precise and meticulous, and you can expect a quick response by trained professionals utilizing state-of-the-art equipment every time you call. Our damage remediation specialists are ready and available for emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Why you should choose SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County for all your restoration needs? 

A Quick Damage Response Time- When it comes to any type of damage to a residential or commercial building, quick response time is crucial. Fire, water, sewage and storm damages are all best treated early to prevent the damage from becoming worse or causing secondary problems, which is why we prioritize our response time to get to you. When you call our 24-hour emergency line, we will answer immediately with a live representative and get your restoration process set in motion quickly. We live, work and raise our families locally here in the Hudson Valley, so you’re not stuck waiting to hear from or see one of our experts. We’ll be there when you need us.

Technicians That are Leaders in Restoration- Our damage technicians are responsible for helping you reclaim your home, which is why we invest heavily in their ongoing training and ensure they are leaders in their field. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) provides the industry standards for what restoration technicians should know, which our team studies heavily in addition to the significant SERVPRO® training they receive. 

State-of-the-Art Restoration Equipment- When it comes to restoration for your home or business, you want the assurance that you are getting access to the best equipment and products available, which we always provide. Whether we are dealing with water extraction, odor removal, dry-cleaning furniture, or mold remediation, we have the latest and best equipment and do the job correctly the first time. The IICRC provides guidelines for equipment types, which we are sure to heed in order to ensure that our technology fleet is fully up to date.

If you’re ever having to deal with fire, water, sewage, storm or damage of any kind in your home or business, SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County is here to help!  We are here 24/7 to get the restoration process set in motion for you and help make it "Like it never even happened."

Your Beacon Business is in Good Hands with SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County

8/1/2022 (Permalink)

Large amounts of SERVPRO green equipment lined up at a commercial job Save yourself the hassle of finding a reliable, trustworthy and experienced company to handle property damage at your business, call SERVPRO.

Sometimes life throws curveballs your way and you’re dealing with flooding, sewage or fire and smoke damage at the Beacon business you’ve worked so hard at building. No matter the cause, whether a heavy storm or an act of nature, chances are you might need to make a quick decision on who can help you get your home back to normal.

When you’re choosing a restoration partner to get your business back up and running, there are a few important questions that you should most definitely ask.

Is It a Legit Company?

Important to remember: Not everyone who shows up after a disaster is there with your best interest in mind. Often times, there are scammers who do nothing other than flee with your money. It’s unfortunate and happens every time there’s damage reported. Companies will show up promising everything but never having the experience or the credibility to handle everything you, your staff and your company needs to get back to normal.

With SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County as your restoration company, you can rest assured that we are no newcomers to this situation. We have been locally owned and operated in this industry for over 30 years, and have worked hard to earn a reputation that shows how we put our customers first.

We are also trusted by national brands like the PGA Tour. The PGA Tour accepts nothing less than high-quality service to maintain their facilities and tour stops. We have national account status with State Farm Insurance and many other insurance companies, no matter who the carrier is.

Additionally, our company is Large-Loss Certified, meaning we have the staff, resources and equipment to handle any size disaster. Whether you have 500 or 500,000 sq. feet, rest assured, we’ve got you covered and are here to help with an emergency response.

Can They Be Reached?

When disaster strikes your business, time is not on your side. You need to be assured that you have someone that you can contact at any given day or time.

That’s why we are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We have a live staff ready to help no matter the time of day or holiday. We work hard so that you don’t have to and know that you need people that you can depend on.

Who Else Can Help?

SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County is locally owned and operated, which means we see our community members as family. We all live, work and raise our families right here in the Hudson Valley and we are ready to act the second disaster strikes.

But, unfortunately, there are times in which there is a surge of neighbors needing our help, and in that case, you can be confident that with a nationwide network of SERVPRO franchises to back us, we will still have you well taken care of.

When you call SERVPRO, you can rest easy knowing your business has the trusted leader in the restoration industry on the other end of the line. When disaster hits home, contact us to get our local experts and nationwide network on your side.

Fire Safety Checklist for Your New Home in Beacon!

7/14/2022 (Permalink)

A newly built 2-story home with flames and smoke coming out the front Make sure to check key areas of your new home for fire safety and prevention!

Moving into a new house or an apartment in the Hudson Valley, there are many things to think about throughout the process. While a home inspection can give you important knowledge regarding general maintenance and structural soundness, once the place officially becomes yours, it is important to do your own inspection to evaluate the fire safety of the home. Many new homeowners in the Hudson Valley have lived in apartment or condo style homes before, so there could be some elements in your new place that you might not have considered previously.

Depending on the history of the property, you may need to make improvements before moving in so you can be certain that you will be fire-safe from the moment you unlock your new front door. Here are some key things to check for:

Doing a Fire Safety Inspection for Your New Home

Check the Smoke Detectors

The first thing you will want to check is the smoke detectors in the home, as over half of deaths. You will not only want to use the smoke detectors’ “test” feature to make sure they are functional, but you will also want to make sure that enough alarms have been installed throughout the home to keep everyone safe regardless of what room they are in. You should have a smoke detector on every floor, in every sleeping area and near the kitchen at a minimum.

Look Around for Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers are something that usually gets sold with the house, but it is important to still check them if the previous owners left them behind. While fire extinguishers do not come with a hard expiration date, they do not last forever. You can easily check them by checking the

gauge—if the needle is in the green part of the gauge, the extinguisher should still be functional. You should also make sure you have the right type of fire extinguisher; while many household models are multipurpose, some are only rated to put out certain types of fires.

Check and Empty the Dryer Vent

Though you are probably in the habit of clearing out your dryer’s lint trap every time you transfer in a load of laundry, inspecting the external vent is also something that should be done when you move in as lint is highly flammable. You can do this by pulling your dryer away from the wall and checking the vent that goes to the outside in order to prevent any debris or clothes lint from catching fire suddenly.

Have the Air Ducts Cleaned

If you have a central heat and air conditioning unit in the home, a good rule of thumb for better indoor air quality is to have the duct work inspected and cleaned. Over time, the unit collects debris, dust, pollen, dander and pollutants. While this is normal, the ducts get overloaded and can’t clean the air as needed and your system will work harder to maintain the environment.

Moving into a new home is exciting and can bring years of wonderful memories. Should you ever experience fire or water damage, count on SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County to be there with an emergency response 24 hours a day!

Restoration Experts for *Every* Disaster in Beacon

7/8/2022 (Permalink)

2 SERVPRO employees maneuvering equipment out of a green SERVPRO truck. Locally-owned and operated for over 30 years, SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County is here to help for every disaster!

There’s more to SERVPRO than general cleanup, restoration or construction services. We’re here to take care of you, your home or your business when even the worst natural or manmade disasters strike in Beacon.

Whenever you’re located near bodies of water such as oceans, lakes or rivers like we are here in Dutchess County, you’re at an even larger risk of damage from natural disasters.

Remember Hurricane Ida and the flooding all over Dutchess County? SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County was there to help clean up and restore back then, and we’re still here now.

Water Damage

Flooding can happen at any time, especially here. Cities built near rivers can experience flooding less than six hours after having rainfall, so plan ahead and take preventive measures to help you stay safe from flooding.

If you’re a business or homeowner, you will more than likely experience flooding at some point, but SERVPRO has the tools and experience to deal with the damages of any disaster. We’ll help you assess the severity of the damage so you can make the best choice for your restoration.

Our tools can detect hidden moisture and also extract standing water from your home or business. We’ll then assist you in developing a water damage restoration plan to ensure your home is clean, dry and restored to its preloss condition.

Fire Damage

A fire department in the United States responds to a fire every 23 seconds, and there was an approximate average cost of $80,000 in damage per case.

If your home or business has sustained fire damage, we’ll get straight to work with our seven-step restoration process. This starts with an inspection, followed by a damage assessment, and progresses through all the necessary, in-between steps before beginning repairs and construction.

Storm Damage

Storms can bring around anything from floods and wildfires to tornadoes, hurricanes and blizzards. Our goal is always to have you back in your newly restored home as soon as possible.

Storm and water damage affects far more than simply your home and property—it also affects your personal belongings. SERVPRO specializes in content restoration, with the mindset of restoring rather than replacing.

Some of the services we offer include dry cleaning, wet cleaning, foam cleaning and abrasive cleaning. However, we offer move-out services if your house needs more extensive cleaning, that way we can bring your home back to its preloss condition as soon as possible.

What Sets SERVPRO Apart?

We’re there when you need us. You can reach out to a SERVPRO expert via our 247 Emergency Line day or night and receive immediate assistance.

Our experts in green are No. 1 in cleanup and restoration in the nation, with over 50 years of experience in bringing homes and businesses back to life.

We’re locally owned and operated here in Dutchess County, but we’re also backed by a network of more than 1,900 locations around the United States in the case of large-scale disasters. You can rest assured we’ll have your home or business back to “Like it never even happened” status as quickly as possible.

Regardless of the type of damage sustained, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover from its disastrous effects. Contact us anytime when you need a dependable team to help you rebuild your life.

Clever Ideas to Help You Prevent Home Fires | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County

6/23/2022 (Permalink)

A heavily burned room with scorched walls, a charred desk, dresser and bed frame Creative fire prevention ideas for your Dutchess County home!

Even though the summer storm season is around the corner, house fires are still a huge concern for everyone in the country. It’s astounding that so far in 2022 the American Red Cross has assisted at over 20,000 house fires, which is only a small portion of the total number.

It’s always a smart idea to check your smoke detectors regularly, as they continue to be the best way to prevent any loss of life or extensive damage. Ensuring that you have complete coverage begins with a smoke detector in every bedroom, every floor and in places like the kitchen where appliances that generate heat exist.

Along with having the right equipment, there are many simple tasks you can complete that will also help lower your risk of suffering a house fire.

Cleaning Your Hazardous Appliances

In the Hudson Valley, we are proud to have many historic and legendary buildings all throughout our region. However, these buildings are likely outfitted with appliances and machines that are older than most.

Ancient appliances are more likely to malfunction and result in a fire because of their extended use and lack of safety mechanisms to prevent accidental disasters. Cleaning them regularly and checking them for any damage is the best way to prevent destruction.

Along with cleaning these appliances frequently, reducing the clutter in your home can allow proper airflows through it, reducing the chance that anything overheats and ignites.

Overloaded extension cords are another frequent cause of fires inside the home. When too many devices are plugged in, these devices are unable to handle the electricity and can burst into flames themselves.

Additionally, you should leave plenty of space between furniture and wall outlets to allow for proper air flow and prevent overheating.

Create a Defensible Space in Your Yard

When a fire begins outside and spreads toward your home, the surrounding land that constitutes your yard is the last thing preventing the flames from coming in. In recent years, landscaping techniques designed to prevent fires have become increasingly popular.

These strategies help protect your home from succumbing to a fire, and they allow emergency service workers to do their jobs with ample space. They have been so successful at preventing fires, that states are beginning to enforce defensible zone requirements for yards.

Requirements like these won’t stop you from planting your annual garden or refreshing your floral arrangement—instead, they focus on placing your plants in strategic locations that limit the amount of fuel fires have to burn. It’s also smart to remove any dead plants or leaves, as these are extra flammable and will keep fires going.

Keep It Clean & Keep It Safe

In addition to maintaining your appliances and yard, setting a good spring-cleaning routine can help you limit fire hazards. Set a block of time, roughly a week, that you will spend a bit of time each day working on it. This will help lighten the load and accomplish it piece by piece.

However, taking steps toward fire prevention doesn’t have to be a complex regimen. Easy jobs like dusting regularly can help reduce the risk of a fire. Focus heavily on dust near any appliance or outlet, as these are likely spots for dust fires to begin.

If you have experienced fire damage or want to learn more about our fire damage restoration services, contact us today. We’re here to act fast, 247.

How Does a Storm Safety Plan Help You Prepare For Severe Weather in Beacon?

6/13/2022 (Permalink)

A swirling black and gray sky with 2 lightning bolts coming out of it down to the ground. It's not just winter weather that can be threatening, make sure you have a spring and summer storm safety plan too!

Severe weather can be frightening and dangerous. Not to mention the fact that there are around 100,000 thunderstorms throughout the United States every year, bringing heavy rain, strong winds, hail and flooding, all putting you and your home at risk.

In New York, we are often led to believe that the winter is the time for fear, and while those winter storms definitely cause concern, it’s the spring and summer storms that frequently do the most damage. Here in Beacon, the Hudson River runs right through town, putting property in this area at risk of flood damage.

Unfortunately, we can’t control the weather, but we can take action ahead of time to be prepared for when it happens.

Among the steps you should take, creating an emergency kit and forming a communication strategy with your family are two of the most important. We’ll discuss a variety of ways to help you prepare for storms, and ideally, reduce the impact that they have on you and your home or business.

Your Severe Weather Communication Strategy

As they often say “communication is key,” and this is especially true during dangerous weather. By knowing where your loved ones are, you can focus on yourself and everyone being safe in the home instead of being distracted.

Along with family communication, listening to your local officials for emergency alerts is important to stay informed about the current situation. Cellphones and television work well, but storms can knock out the power or a signal, so an NOAA weather radio is a good thing to have.

Finally, creating a communication strategy between the people in your household is crucial. This includes designating a room in the home to take shelter in, ideally in the center of the home with no windows nearby.

Your Severe Weather Emergency Kit

The art of being prepared goes far beyond proper communication and planning—it also requires you to have the right materials as well. Typically it’s smart to keep at least 72 hours worth of food, water and medical supplies (including prescriptions) in case of emergency. Be sure to include family pets in your prep.

If you want to be extra prepared, pack batteries, flashlights, clothes, blankets and a portable battery pack for any devices. Once you’ve gathered the items and packed them neatly, store the emergency kit in your chosen safe room so that it’s ready to use when necessary. Pet food, collar, leashes, paperwork and even their favorite bed or crate can be very helpful in emergencies.

Your Severe Weather Aftermath Checklist

After the extreme weather is over, you should take a few additional steps in order to stay prepared for the next event. Taking account of how your planning and strategy worked or didn’t work will allow you to improve it and stay ready.

Lastly, once it’s safe to exit the home with your family, take some time to check your property for damage.

While most damage is immediately visible, it’s a good idea to check your roof, windows, doors, and crawl space or basement for any signs of moisture or other damage indicators.

While we hope that your home is pristine, storms can do damage to any home, so knowing the next step is important. At SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County, you can rely on us to answer immediately and be there right when you need us.

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—get in touch with us today.