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Planning for a Storm Should Be a Top Priority | SERVPRO® of North Fort Worth

5/20/2022 (Permalink)

a dark cloudy sky with lighting strikes off in the distance If you discover storm damage to your home or business, reach out to SERVPRO of North Fort Worth right away.

Severe weather can be a scary thing. Thunderstorms can cause lightning strikes, significant rain, hail and heavy winds, leading to anything from minor to crippling home damage. Plus, considering that there are around 100,000 thunderstorms throughout the country each year, these events occur with relative frequency.

Recently, a deadly tornado outbreak hit several cities around Texas. In Jacksboro, about 60 miles northwest of Fort Worth, photographs posted on social media showed a storm ripped the wall and roof from parts of Jacksboro High School, including its gym. Both the Jacksboro Elementary School and the Jacksboro High School had major damage, but no one was injured at either campus.

While there is no way to predict when these deadly storms will hit, we can definitely prepare ourselves for it. Some of the things you need are an emergency kit and a communications strategy for dealing with the aftermath. Taking proper precautions will help prepare you and your family.

Your Severe Weather Communication Strategy

Once the weather gets particularly bad, it’s important to have a way to speak with everybody in your unit and receive weather-related alerts from authorities. When you’re keeping an ear out for these alerts, make sure you know the distinction between watches and warnings. That way you’ll be able to figure out what to do next.

The next thing you need is a way to receive alerts from officials. For example, make sure you have both a mobile phone and an NOAA weather radio.

Last, ensure you have a communication strategy for your household. Have a delegated safe space in your home that everybody is aware of to seek shelter in once the weather turns bad. Additionally, create a concept for communication in case one or additional household members are out of the house when a storm strikes.

Your Severe Weather Emergency Kit

It cannot be emphasized enough how important your emergency kit is. It could potentially be your lifeline for several hours or days. It needs to be chock-full of all the necessities your family might need, such as food, water and first-aid supplies, for a minimum of 72 hours of sheltering in place.

It’s important this kit is already stored in your storm shelter area.

Your Severe Weather Aftermath list

Once it’s safe to try to so, check your property for damage because it’s important to address damage as soon as possible. Pay close attention to your roof and any seals on windows and doors where water damage is likely to happen.

If there is damage, you want a trusted team of experts like you will find at SERVPRO of North Fort Worth to quickly get on scene and start working on the damage. You can rest easy knowing we will act fast and get the job done right the first time.

Another step you need to take after a storm is evaluating your storm safety plan so that you can take steps to correct any issues. Ask the whole family about the communications, emergency kit and any other elements and see what might be improved in preparation for the next storm.

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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