Be familiar with storm terms and what to do at your Western Dutchess County home!
The Hudson Valley has seen our fair share of severe storms these past few years that have had the potential to cause damage to homes and impact daily life. It’s important to understand the terminology, do some early prep and have a plan for your family.
-Make sure you have a communication plan and emergency kit ready to go. Discuss this with your family often.
-Get rid of rotting or dead branches or limbs that could pose a hazard in high winds.
-Tie down or bring inside any loose items or furniture
-Stay inside a car (not a convertible with a soft top), a home or building until the threat is over.
According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory, here are the differences between a ‘watch’ and a ‘warning.’
*A Severe Thunderstorm WATCH is issued by the NOAA Storm Prediction Center meteorologists who are watching the weather 24/7 across the entire U.S. for weather conditions that are favorable for severe thunderstorms. A watch can cover parts of a state or several states. Watch and prepare for severe weather and stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio to know when warnings are issued.
*A Severe Thunderstorm WARNING is issued by your local NOAA National Weather Service Forecast Office meteorologists who watch a designated area 24/7 for severe weather that has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. Warnings mean there is a serious threat to life and property to those in the path of the storm. ACT now to find safe shelter! A warning can cover parts of counties or several counties in the path of danger.
Having a plan for severe storms is important. Plan on SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County to get your Poughkeepsie, Wappingers, Fishkill or Beacon property back to preloss condition no matter the size, and no matter the time, we’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”