Preparing for Coastal Storms and Hurricanes | SERVPRO of Washington County
Living near the coast is one of the best parts about living in Washington County. All of the sand, sun and soft sea breezes can make every day enjoyable. What is not enjoyable, however, is the potential for a strong storm or even a hurricane to make its way to our shores.
By taking steps to prepare your home for the possibility of high winds, heavy rain and potential flooding conditions, you can avoid widespread and costly damages to your home and property.
SERVPRO’s emergency restoration team lays out some easy ways to start preparing your home now, so read on to gain some great insight.
<h3what-to-expect">Knowing What to Expect
Not all coastal storms are hurricanes, so knowing the differences can help you make your action plan. The good news is that most incoming storms are able to be predicted days to weeks in advance, so that should be enough time to get things together and prepare your home.
Hurricanes and severe storms vary when it comes to severity level, so having as much advance notice is crucial. Starting two to three days out, make your lists and keep a close eye on the forecast. In certain instances, evacuating might be necessary or hunkering down might be the best choice.
<h3for-getting-your-home-ready">Steps for Getting Your Home Ready
The goal is to always prevent as much damage as possible around your home or property. Securing your home as best you can help keep your loved ones safe as the winds blow and the rain falls outside.
Storm shutters are a great investment since they can provide an additional layer of protection from flying debris and potential broken glass, so get them ready to use so you can close them quickly when the storm starts. Go around your property and secure anything that could be tossed by the wind or picked up by floodwaters. This includes garbage cans, outdoor equipment and lawn furniture.
Now that you are confident that your home is ready, it’s time to get your family ready! If you are staying put, ensure your family’s safe shelter location is clear and ready to get to in an emergency.
Stack food, water and any necessary medications in the room and include any personal necessities that your family would need to be comfortable. If you are evacuating, do the same to your car, but plan for a few extra days away as severe storm damage can make the roads difficult to travel on immediately after a storm.
<h3to-do-after-discovering-damage">What to Do After Discovering Damage
After the wind is done howling and the downpour turns into a quiet mist, you should take a walk around your property to look for damage. Flooding issues and general home damage are common problems when it comes to hurricanes and coastal storms, so investigating your home should always be your top priority.
If you do suffer damage, call SERVPRO of Washington County as soon as possible. Our team is dedicated to helping you recover quickly and efficiently, no matter what level of damage you are facing.
Has your home suffered storm damage? SERVPRO of Washington County is here for you.