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Storm Damage: What You Need to Know
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New York has seen its fair share of heavy rainfall in the past few months of summer 2018. Heavy rainfall and its accompanying floods are only some of the common types of damage from storms.
There are several major storm types:
- Snow storms
- Tropical storms
Under 100 miles to the Atlantic Ocean, Dutchess County is not unfamiliar with storms caused by severe tropical weather. Since Dutchess County is also so far north and close to the coast, it’s very likely that residents might experience each of these types of storms.
The fact remains that hurricanes can still cause damage far past the coast. New Yorkers remember just how widespread the damage from Hurricane Sandy was.During a hurricane, most damage is caused by a combination of floods, storm surge, and wind.Storm surge: the most damage
As a hurricane approaches the shore, its powerful winds push extra water along with it. If the wind is powerful enough, it can push so much water shoreward that the water has nowhere to go but up and inland. This is storm surge: when the water level rises so far high above the predicted tide level and then surges inward toward land. The force of storm surge can be strong enough to destroy buildings and roads.Floods: the most common
Floods tend to be incredibly common and seemingly inevitable in hurricanes. They are caused by heavy rainfall and by storm surge. A tropical storm can cause widespread heavy rain, as far out as 100 miles. This much surplus water cannot drain quickly enough or properly and thus causes flooding.Wind: the speediest
Winds that come from hurricanes range from 74 mph to 155 mph. At this speed and force, winds can cause substantial damage. Not only can wind knock down trees, but it can also carry those trees as well as other debris and hurl them into buildings, vehicles, or anything else in its path.
The damage from storm surge, floods, and winds can be overwhelming to deal with. After a storm, call SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County to make it like it never even happened.
Floods and Storm Damage: How to Prepare
Did you know that climate change is increasing the chance of floods even in areas previously considered to be [low risk]?(https://www.economist.com/briefing/2017/08/31/the-likelihood-of-floods-is-changing-with-the-climate) As rainfall increases, so do floods. As heavy rain has continued to fall in New Jersey in recent months, it’s more important than ever to be prepared for flooding.
If at least two properties (or acres) are totally or partially submerged in water, then a flood has occurred.
But safety will always matter a lot more than a legal definition if a flood does occur.
To prepare for a flood and storm damage, you should be able to answer these questions:
<3feafcb99072e28ad92c9f281b6ede7b>Follow these guidelines to prepare for flood and storm damage.
- Do you know the risk of a flood?
- Are you prepared for a flood?
- Are you able to evacuate if needed?
Before a storm ever hits, you should know the chances of flooding. The best resources for this? The local government or FEMA office. The more informed you are, the better prepared you are. For the Western Dutchess County area, start here.
You could also buy a weather radio to stay informed about possible storms and flooding.
All households should have an emergency preparedness kit. Your car and office should also have an emergency kit. For floods, a smart tip is to store important documents in water proof casing. Flood waters can contaminate usual water sources (like the kitchen tap), so it becomes extra important to keep fresh, clean water in your emergency kit. If you aren’t sure how to prepare a kit, read this.
An emergency generator is equally important as an emergency preparedness kit. Severe storms have the ability to knock out the power grid for your area. An emergency generator will keep the lights on in the event of a storm. The size of your house and its power needs influence the kind of generator that you need.
An evacuation order might be issued. Evacuation orders are common under the threat of severe storms and flooding. It’s important that you know how to follow this order if it comes. To learn the official evacuation procedure, contact your local government. You can use this procedure as a jumping point for creating a family evacuation policy. The entire family should practice the evacuation plan until everyone has it memorized.
Remember, high flood waters can conceal damage and debris. Always use caution.
After a flood has receded and it’s time to clean up the damage, call SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County.
Building Your Family’s Emergency Kit the Right Way | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County
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In 2017, over $306 billion in damage was declared that directly correlated to natural disasters. Emergency situations happen now more than ever, and being prepared is a sound investment in safety and peace of mind.
At SERVPRO®, we’re committed to educating the community about emergency preparedness. That’s why we’ve assembled tips on how to pack a natural disaster kit for the whole family, so you can have everything you need until help arrives:
Food and Water: When deciding how to pack food and water rations, it’s recommended to set aside a 72-hour supply per family member. Not sure what to include? Shelf-stable items like granola bars, trail mixes or nearly anything you might find in a store’s camping section are filling, require no preparation and don’t take up much space. If you have pets, the same 72-hour rule applies to their food and water as well.
Tip: Canned foods and dehydrated dinners are great, but typically require the use of a camping stove or water heater to prepare.
Stay Comfortable: Remember your emergency kit is for the worst-case scenario—meaning you might be dependent on it for anywhere from a few hours to a few days. Things like pillows, blankets and extra clothes might not seem important, but you wouldn’t want to go several days without them. Keep the living space sanitary by packing practical items like hand sanitizer and paper towels as well.
Tip: Pack cards, books and puzzles for the kids (and adults!) to pass the time with.
Odds and Ends: The odds and ends regularly get overlooked, but are often the handiest items. Remember the first-aid kit, as well as any prescription medication, copies of important documents, and cash or travelers’ checks. Additionally, survivalist tools such as flashlights, headlamps, a Swiss Army Knife and duct tape are useful for many situations, with the added benefit of taking up almost no space.
Tip: Forgetting something? Make note of everything your family uses in a three-day period—chances are, if they use it, you should pack it.
If you need help with disaster preparedness or recovery, SERVPRO can help. Contact our Western Dutchess County location today to get connected with our team of professionals.
How to Prepare for Spring Rains | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County
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April showers bring May flowers, but if you’re not careful, they can also bring water damage. The promise of spring is exciting, but don’t forget to take the steps to prepare your home—it only takes an afternoon and will ensure your home stays dry through the strongest of storms.
SERVPRO® knows what it takes to prepare your home for rain because we know what happens when you don’t. We never know what Mother Nature will throw our way, but we do know how to be prepared.
###Perform a Roof Inspection for Existing Damage
Naturally, your roof is one of the biggest defenses you have against a rainstorm, so it’s important to check it thoroughly. When homeowners take the time to climb up on the roof, they are often shocked to find they already have storm damage that was invisible from the ground.
Because we never know how severe spring showers will become, making repairs in advance is the best way to keep the problem from getting worse.
###Declutter Your Gutters
You probably clean your gutters every autumn, but spring is a good time to give them another pass. As debris builds up, water drains more and more slowly—meaning if a heavy shower falls, your home will be absorbing the excess.
Taking the time to clean out your gutters will keep water flowing away from your home instead of into your foundation.
###Check the Seal of Windows and Doors
Doors and windows are generally sturdy, but with age and weather comes eroding resiliency. The sealant surrounding windows and exterior doors can flake away over time, giving moisture a hiding spot and mold a home.
As water starts to seep in, exterior walls become soaked and unsupportive, which can cause a plethora of structural issues. Taking the time to re-seal these seams ensures rain will stay where it’s supposed to be—outside.
Spring is an exciting season, but only if your home is protected from the elements. Taking an afternoon for spring maintenance will give you peace of mind and keep your family dry through many storms to come.
If you need help knowing how to prepare your home or if you’ve suffered water damage, SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County has trained professionals ready to help!
SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County Can Help With Your Storm Damage!
SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County can help make your storm damage "Like it never even happened."
When you are dealing with storm, flood, and water damage, immediate action is crucial. You should choose the company with storm damage experience and expertise that has the resources and equipment to handle the job. SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.
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Why Choose SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County?
- 24/7 Emergency Services
- We're Faster to Any Size Disaster: When a storm hits your Dutchess County home or business, you need help immediately. Our quick response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs.
- We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists: As leaders in the storm and water damage industry, we have advanced training and expertise, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. We use this training and experience to quickly dry your home and restore it back to pre-storm condition.
- We're a Trusted Leader in the Water Restoration Industry
- We Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters: In addition to our own resources, we can access equipment and personnel from over 1,700 Franchises across the state and country. We can even call upon strategically located Disaster Recovery Teams for catastrophic storms and major events.
- Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources: As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County is strategically located to respond quickly to your water or flood damage event. When a major storm or flood event occurs, we can call upon our national network of 1,700 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel.
We are proud to serve our Hudson Valley communities! Call 845-831-3600 today for help!
When winter weather strikes, SERVPRO strikes back!
Winter Weather Storm Damage
Did a winter storm cause water damage in your Dutchess County, NY home or business? Here's some winter weather tips!
This last storm for the Hudson Valley area predicted 16-24 inches of snow and severe cold temperatures. That can lead to water damage, roof damage, broken pipes & ice damming. SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County wants to make sure you are prepared for storms and know what to do in case you do have a damage!
Tips for Preparing your Home for Winter Weather:
- Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate around pipes.
- Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or uninsulated areas of the home.
- Consider shutting off outdoor faucets. Find the shutoff valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it to "off".
- If you follow the previous step, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shutoff.
- Ensure gutters are clean and secure. Leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage.
- Proper maintenance of your furnace can help reduce the risk of puffbacks.
Tips for Preparing your Business for Winter Weather:
- Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and/or snow, can cause branches to fall which would cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
- Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
- Inspect all handrails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.
- Ask SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County about creating an Emergency Ready Profile for your business for any future or potential emergencies.
If your Dutchess County home or business experiences water damage, broken pipes or ice damming, don't hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County at 845-831-3600. We'll make it "Like it never even happened."
When Storms or Floods hit Ulster County, SERVPRO is ready!
Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Dutchess & Ulster County.
SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.
Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit Ulster County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.
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Flooding, Water & Storms: Hurricane Season is Upon Us Hudson Valley
Hurricane Season could affect Dutchess & Ulster County.
June 1st marks the official start of the hurricane season. After experiencing Hurricane Irene and Super Storm Sandy in the Hudson Valley, the importance of Hurricane Preparedness is at an all time high. Here at SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County & SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz, we want to make sure that you and your customers are prepared in case another hurricane sweeps through our area. Here are some tips for you to follow to help prepare for the unexpected!
“WATCH” is issued when there is a threat of hurricane conditions within 24-36 hours.
“WARNING” is issued when hurricane conditions are expected in 24 hours or less.
Hurricane Preparedness Tips:
Have an emergency supply pack assembled and on-hand. Some items to include:
o Bottled Water
o Blankets, pillows & sleeping bags
o Extra Batteries
o Portable, battery operated radio
o First Aid Kit
o Non-perishable food items for family members, as well as pets
o Non-electric can opener
o Prescription Medication
o Cash and credit cards
o Sturdy shoes such as sneakers and work boots
1. Protect your windows by boarding them up before the hurricane strikes.
2.Trim back branches from trees to avoid falling debris.
3. Check into your home and auto insurance to see exactly what is and is not covered.
4. Set up an emergency communication plan with family members and friends in case of an emergency.
Develop an Emergency READY Profile for FREE through SERVPRO and have all the critical emergency information at your fingertips before disaster strikes! FREE SERVICE. FREE APP. LIFE SAVING TOOL.
And in the event of any damage caused by storms, call us to help make your disaster “Like It Never Even Happened™”
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Preparing for Hurricane Season!
June 1st marks the official start of hurricane season.
Here are some tips for you to follow to help prepare for the unexpected!
1. A “watch” is issued when there is a threat of hurricane conditions within 24-36 hours. A “warning” is issued when hurricane conditions are expected in 24 hours or less.
2. Have an emergency supply pack assembled and on-hand. Some items to include:
• Bottled Water
• Blankets, pillows & sleeping bags
• Extra Batteries
• Portable, battery operated radio
• First Aid Kit
• Non-perishable food items for family members, as well as pets
• Non-electric can opener
• Prescription Medication
• Cash and credit cards
• Sturdy shoes such as sneakers and work boots
3. Protect your windows by boarding them up before the hurricane strikes.
4. Trim back branches from trees to avoid falling debris.
5. Check into your home and auto insurance to see exactly what is and is not covered.
6. Set up an emergency communication plan with family members and friends in case of an emergency.