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Understanding the Threat of Severe Thunderstorms | SERVPRO of Buffalo/Tonawanda

6/17/2024 (Permalink)

lightning strike across stormy purple sky Whether its storm damage cleanup or restoration, SERVPRO of Buffalo/Tonawanda is ready to respond in a moments notice to your call.

In the Buffalo/Tonawanda area, severe thunderstorms are a common occurrence during the spring and summer months. These storms can bring heavy rain, strong winds, hail, and lightning, posing a threat to both property and personal safety. Understanding the potential dangers associated with severe thunderstorms is the first step in preparing your home and family for these weather events.

Severe thunderstorms are capable of causing a range of hazards, including flash flooding, wind damage, and power outages. Strong winds can uproot trees, damage roofs, and send debris flying, while lightning strikes can cause fires and electrical surges.

Additionally, heavy rainfall can overwhelm drainage systems, leading to localized flooding and water damage. Being aware of these risks allows homeowners to take proactive measures to mitigate potential damage and protect their property.

Preparing Your Home for Severe Thunderstorms

Preparing your home for severe thunderstorms involves several key steps to minimize damage and ensure the safety of your family. Start by inspecting your property for any vulnerabilities, such as loose roof shingles, damaged trees, or clogged gutters. Secure outdoor items like patio furniture and lawn decorations to prevent them from becoming projectiles in high winds.

It’s also important to reinforce doors and windows to withstand strong winds and flying debris. Consider installing storm shutters or boarding up windows with plywood to provide added protection during severe weather. Inside your home, designate a safe area such as a basement or interior room on the lowest level to seek shelter during a storm.

Staying Safe During Severe Thunderstorms

When severe thunderstorms are in the forecast, it’s essential to stay informed and prepared to respond quickly to changing conditions. Monitor weather alerts from trusted sources and have a plan in place for how to react in the event of severe weather. Ensure that everyone in your household knows where to go and what to do to stay safe during a storm.

During a severe thunderstorm, avoid using electrical appliances and plumbing fixtures, as lightning strikes can cause power surges and electrical fires. If you’re outdoors when a storm hits, seek shelter in a sturdy building or vehicle and avoid open fields, tall trees, and bodies of water. After the storm passes, be cautious of downed power lines, flooded areas, and other hazards when assessing damage and beginning cleanup efforts.

Trust SERVPRO of Buffalo/Tonawanda for Storm Damage Restoration

Don’t wait until it’s too late to prepare for severe thunderstorms. Contact us today to learn more about our storm damage restoration services and how we can help you recover quickly and safely after a storm.

From water extraction and structural drying to debris cleanup and mold remediation, our team has the expertise and resources to handle any size disaster.

Stay safe and prepared this storm season with SERVPRO of Buffalo/Tonawanda by your side.

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