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Emergency Preparedness for Homeowners: What to Do Before, During, and After a Spring Storm

5/20/2024 (Permalink)

spring flowers background with SERVPRO logo overview By following these tips, you can be better prepared for spring storms and protect your home and family in Waban, MA.

Spring brings delightful weather but can also bring unpredictable and severe storms to Waban, MA. As a homeowner, being prepared for these events is crucial to protecting your family and property. Here's what you can do before, during, and after a spring storm to stay safe and minimize damage.

Before the Storm:

  • Create an Emergency Kit: Include water, non-perishable food, flashlights, batteries, a first aid kit, and medications.
  • Develop a Family Communication Plan: Establish how to reach each other and designate a meeting place if separated.
  • Secure Outdoor Items: Bring in or secure outdoor furniture, decorations, and other items that could become projectiles in high winds.
  • Trim Trees and Shrubs: Reduce the risk of branches falling onto your home during a storm.
  • Check Insurance Coverage: Ensure adequate coverage for potential storm damage in your homeowners insurance policy.

During the Storm:

  • Stay Informed: Monitor weather reports and safety advisories.
  • Seek Shelter: If advised, seek shelter in a safe place like a basement or interior room on the lowest level.
  • Avoid Windows and Doors: Steer clear of these areas to avoid injury from flying debris.
  • Turn Off Utilities: If instructed, turn off gas, electricity, and water to prevent damage from flooding or a gas leak.

After the Storm:

  • Assess Damage: Check for leaks, structural damage, and fallen trees or power lines.
  • Document Damage: Take photos for insurance purposes.
  • Contact Your Insurance Company: Report any damage and begin the claims process.
  • Clean Up Safely: Wear protective gear and be cautious of hazards like downed power lines when cleaning up debris or water.

By following these tips, you can be better prepared for spring storms and protect your home and family in Waban, MA. Safety should always be your top priority during severe weather events, and SERVPRO of Newton/Wellesley is happy to help! 

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