Severe weather, flash flooding and tornadoes are predicted to strike across parts of the Midwest this week. Not only are tornadoes predicted this week, AccuWeather is reporting that there will be a nine percent increase in tornadoes this year. Don’t wait for warning sirens to sound, take these five steps to protect your home and family from tornadoes.
- Inspect and Reinforce Roof: Inspect your home’s roof to make sure it is sealed tight. Consider reinforcing the roof with hurricane clips. These clips can help prevent the roof from lifting off of the home.
- Trim trees, branches, and bushes around your home. Doing this will help minimize debris damage that severe weather can cause.
- Bring in any lawn and garden furnishings or equipment: High winds could pick up these items and hit the house with them.
- Protect Doors, Windows, and Garage Doors: Covering or boarding up doors, windows, and garage doors is ideal to prevent wind from entering a home. If wind stays outside of the home, the home’s contents will be safer inside. But most of the time, tornadoes are unpredictable. Purchasing hurricane shutters is best to prevent windows from being broken during a storm.
- Secure Large Furniture and Appliances: Anchor down large pieces of furniture to the wall and/or floor with zip ties or furniture straps.
- Know How to Turn Off Utilities: Locate the home’s gas and water shut-off valve. If damage occurs, know how to shut these valves off to prevent further loss.
- Pay attention to the weather forecast and know the tornado warning signs. Know the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning.
- Establish shelter zones in the home. The first-choice shelter zone should be something underground such as a basement or cellar. If these are not an option, choose a small room without windows such as a closet or bathroom on the lowest level of your home.
- Create an emergency kit and store it in the designated shelter area. The kit should include, first aid supplies, at least three days’ worth of water, non-perishable food items (don’t forget a can-opener), matches, candles, flashlights, a battery-operated radio (with extra batteries), tools, a change of clothes, shoes, and a coat.
- Create and practice your tornado preparedness plan with your family. Create a plan that works and practice it often.
Tornadoes are dangerous, unpredictable, and can cause significant damage to your property. After a tornado strikes, our team at ServiceMaster DSI is here to help. We are a 24/7/365 emergency restoration company that specializes in disaster restoration. From tree removal and water mitigation to board ups and reconstruction, Our tornado clean-up process includes board-up, temporary fencing, emergency pre-cleaning, debris removal, content packout, content cleaning, deodorization, and reconstruction. Give us a call at 844-413-3130 or click here to request service right away.