We're Ready to Help After the Storm
Approximately 98% of all National, presidential-declared disasters are weather-related, leading to approximately 650 deaths and nearly $15 billion in damage each year. Severe weather can occur at any time, anywhere. On average, Americans cope with severe weather in the following capacity each year:
- 10,000 Severe Thunderstorms
- 5,000 Floods or Flash Floods
- 1,300 Tornadoes
- 2 Land-falling Hurricanes
Knowing the risks of severe weather, taking action, and setting a positive example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life, while assisting in saving the lives of others:
KNOWING THE RISKS:
The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather can impact you, your business, and your family. We recommend checking the weather forecast regularly, obtaining a NOAA Weather Radio, and learning about Wireless Emergency Alerts in your area. Severe weather comes in many forms, and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazardous scenarios.
Before The Storm
- Develop a communication plan.
- Build or purchase an emergency supply kit.
- Unplug electronic equipment before the storm arrives.
- Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.
- Get inside a building, home, or hard-top vehicle (not a convertible).
- Shut windows, close blinds and curtains, shutter windows (if able), and secure outside doors.
- Store important documents and valuables in a safe, weather-resistant location.
During The Storm
- Use a battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio for updates from local officials.
- Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords, including corded telephones.
- Unplug appliances and other electrical items. Power surges from lightning can cause serious damage.
- Avoid contact with plumbing and standing water. Water and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity.
- Stay away from windows and doors.
SETTING A POSITIVE EXAMPLE: Once you have taken action to prepare for severe weather, share your story with family members, co-workers, and friends on social media. Your preparedness efforts may inspire others to do the same.
Contact SERVPRO of Western Lancaster County at 717-665-1270 for more readiness tips and tools, or if you need restoration work done after a storm. The SERVPRO of Western Lancaster County team is "ready to help"!