Summer Storm Basics
Summer is fully upon us, and it has brought the things we love about the warm part of the year. Many of us got to take that vacation we’ve been waiting for, warmer weather begs us to spend time outdoors, and days are prolonged and sunny—well, most of them.
Storms may be a typical part of summer, but they should never be taken lightly. Always listen to storm alerts, and consider whether outdoor activities may need to be postponed. Get yourself an NOAA Weather radio that will continue to alert you even if you lose power.
It’s hard to predict flooding, but if it’s forecast to be likely, you should plan to keep off the roads and stay at home. Heavy storm winds can overturn backyard items and snap weak tree branches. Keep the arbor trimmed and move patio items or trampolines to safe areas if possible.
Dozens of people die every year because of storms, so you should never take your safety for granted.
When a thunderstorm hits, the presence of lightning means you should stay inside. Don’t head outdoors until there’s been no thunder for at least 30 minutes—this indicates that the storm has moved far enough away that lightning won’t strike your area.
And your mother was right (as usual)—you should avoid windows and stay out of the tub or shower during a storm.
In cases of tornadoes or extreme thunderstorms, make sure you’ve prepared an emergency kit, and that you know local evacuation routes.
If flooding occurs, head to high ground and stay out of flood water if at all possible. If you encounter flooded roads while driving, turn around. Rushing water can carry your car away into danger and cover up roads that have been washed away altogether.
There are any number of dangers that can come into play in a thunderstorm, and it’s always best to be cautious and put things on hold until storms safely pass. If storms cause damage to your home or business, SERVPRO is on the line, ready to make things right again.