Before, During and After A Storm: What You Need To Do

Have you ever been caught in a heavy storm, like a hurricane, a flood, or a typhoon? If you have experienced one, you will know how utterly terrifying it can be and the devastating damage it can cause – billions of dollars a year across the world. There are, however, a few steps that you can proactively take yo to protect your family and your property before a storm takes hold. This can minimize the damage to your property and potentially even save lives.     

Here, we look at some of the things that you can do before, during, and after a storm to keep you, your family, and your property as safe as possible.

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Before the storm

If you live in an area prone to extreme weather, it is a good idea to have a plan in place for storms anyway, but once one has been forecast, it is time to finalize it. Write it out and have it in a place that is accessible for everyone – taped up by the front door or in a cupboard in the kitchen. By doing this, everyone will know where to go and what to do should an emergency occur. You may want to identify a meeting place as well, just in case of separation. A known landmark is ideal for this. You also want all the emergency numbers in place such as your utility providers, insurance companies, and a Storm Damage Repair company.

It is also a good idea, if possible, to make a family member or friend who lives outside the city or state your emergency contact, just in case the worst happens, and make sure they know who to contact if you do not get in touch with them. Remember to give them a call or send them a message to let them know that once the storm has passed, you are safe, to avoid them unnecessarily worrying.

During the storm

It is important to stay away from any exterior doors, windows, and skylights, assuming you have not evacuated and have remained in your home. The best places to head to with pillows and duvets are usually an interior space, closet, or bathroom and curl up until it is over. Until you hear confirmation that the storm has passed, remain where you are – the storm’s eye will cause a misleading lull in the winds, and when it starts up again, you don’t want to be caught out! Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors shut if you lose power, to avoid spoiling any perishable food.

After the storm

The first thing you need to do is check that the structure is secure and look for any signs of gas or water leakage and electrical and sewage system disruption. Keep away and contact your gas and service provider to report the issue if you are uncertain, or you smell gas or hear a blowing or hissing noise. Keep away from any collapsed power lines. 

Being caught out in a storm is terrifying, but preparation can take some of the stress away. Good luck!

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