Know The Risks & Prepare For Them.
The Birmingham area receives tornadoes, hurricanes and an immense amounts of rain each year. It is said that 30% of Americans make little to no preparations for a hurricane. And since, this month is National Preparedness Month and September is the most common month for hurricanes to make landfall, here at SERVPRO of Birmingham we thought we would go over what kind of damage hurricanes can bring. Hurricanes can produce:
- High Winds (155+ mph)
- Tornadoes & Microbursts
- Flying Debris
- Heavy Rainfall
- Strom Surges
- and more..
Here are some ways to prepare your home before a hurricane or any natural disaster comes:
- Keep your emergency kit ready and easily accessible.
Keep at least several days of food and supplies in your emergency kit and have many available throughout your home, car and workplace, because you never know when disaster will strike.
- Prepare for any power outages.
One of the most dangerous things about hurricanes is the aftermath of the hurricane. Sometimes, residents can be without power for weeks on end. Having a generator to keep food available to you and your family can make a huge difference.
- Keep up with your trees.
Many people does not think about our much damage a tree could cause to a roof. However in order to prevent damage to your roof, water leaks, and flooding. Dead trees need to be cut down and long branches that are touching the roof need to be cut. Doing this will reduce the probability of pieces of your roof coming and water coming through.
- Verify insurance coverage.
The last thing anyone wants to do after a hurricane has caused damage to your home, is finding out insurance doesn't cover the damage. Make sure the you have adequate insurance protection. Check also about if your insurance covers if any flooding happens. Put a plan in place.The last and most important preparation you and your family should make is putting a plan in place for whenever a natural disaster does occur. Each family should know where to go and where the emergency kit is.
SERVPRO urges each and every one of you to PREPARE before a natural disaster comes. And whenever they do come, SERVPRO will be here to help.