In case of a Storm...
It's not everyday your Zoom call gets interrupted with, "Hey, everyone. I have to log off and head down to my basement. There's a tornado not too far from here." Although this may not be the case in Canada, there has never been harm for preparing for any type of disaster.
Keep reading for some of SERVPRO's top tips for homeowners that want to be prepared!
Top 5 Storm Preparation Tips
#1 – Be ready for a power outage
Warning: You might lose power.
Severe weather is the leading cause to power outages, so hope for the best but plan for the worst. Preparation for an approaching storm should include:
- Buying a standby generator if your area has several severe storms throughout the season.
- Making sure you have batteries on hand for flashlights.
#2 – Sign up for local alerts
Sign up to receive emergency alerts.
Most local communities have an alert system, which will send messages via email or text to your phone. Generally, these automated systems will send all kinds of information, from steps your town is taking to keep you safe to the status of the local roads to tips on how to prepare for a storm.
#3 – Make a home emergency plan
Make sure you have two exits for every room.
Similar to a fire evacuation plan, you also need a home emergency plan for your family. Also, have a place to meet inside the neighbourhood, like a neighbours house or a certain tree, in case your family needs to evacuate your home.
#4 – Don't forget outdoor preparation
With a severe storm headed your way, there's a few steps you should take to protect yourself and your neighbours. Move your car to a safe location, one that usually doesn't flood. Secure your patio furniture. Protect your home by covering windows and doors.
#5 – Review your home insurance
Look over your homeowners insurance.
If you want to be ready before a disaster strikes SERVPRO of Ajax is here to help you. Call us today to see how we can help you feel safe and secure in your home or business today!