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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.

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