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Prepare Your Home to Safely Get Through the Next Disaster

In the United States, no matter where you call home, there is a risk of disaster. The most detrimental cataclysm can impact people on a large scale. Having a plan in place to protect yourself and your family is critical to being prepared for whatever nature may bring.  We have put together some helpful tips from www.ready.gov for when natural disasters may strike, as well as what regions of the country they occur in most.

Severe Local Storms

The Midwest and the Southeast are most prone to severe local storms. Hazardous conditions such as thunderstorms, earthquakes, tornadoes, and hail can leave your home or business without power or in ruins. If you are unprepared for the severe storm, the effects can be detrimental. In dangerous weather, it is vital that you seek shelter away from windows and get as low to the ground as you can. Having a safety kit, including flashlights, water, and any other necessities is helpful in case you are stuck there for a while. Make sure you cut trees and branches away from your home to minimize possible destruction. Equip your home or building with surge protectors as well as lightning rods to ensure maximum safety.

Winter Storms

The Northeast and East regions are typically hit with the hard winter storms. States like Michigan and Ohio get large amounts of snowfall as a result of being surrounded by the Great Lakes. The East Coast is also covered in a thick white blanket of sleet and snow every year. Snowstorms bring extreme winds and frigid temperatures, leaving it unsafe to travel, and sometimes, even leave your house. Make sure you and your city take proper precautions by salting roads and sidewalks. Power outages often accompany winter storms in their wake, so use generators.

Tropical Cyclones

Tropical storms like cyclones and hurricanes are devastating before, during, and after they hit. We have seen the tragic remnants of Katrina and Irene in the past, and although we are unable to prevent massive storms in the future, we can be more prepared for them. These tropical storms are most common along the Southern and Southeastern Coast in the summer and fall seasons. In threats of a tropical cyclone, evacuate the area or take cover in a secure building such as a storm shelter.

Flooding

Water is a brutal beast. It can be a silent killer to everything in your home or your business. Although it is most common in the South and Southwest, it can occur anywhere. If your area is prone to flooding, be sure to take precautionary action by keeping water drains clear and installing sub pumps. Keep all of your valuable items off the ground, especially in basements. Put damageable things in protective casings to prevent water from eroding them. This includes keepsakes, valuables, and important documents.  

Fires

In the West, due to the dry heat, wildfires can rage through several states fairly quickly. Poor California gets hit with wildfires every few years. Of course, fires can occur in or around your own home for various reasons, no matter where you live in the US. Actually, according to the National Fire Protection Association, more homes are lost to cooking fires than wildfires. Regardless, most fires are not started naturally, which means that we have to be careful. When enjoying our time in the great outdoors, be responsible. Never leave a fire unattended. If there is a fire, evacuate the premises immediately.

We know that natural disasters leave devastating effects on your lives. Jarvis Property Restoration is a national company that is here to help you get back on your feet. No matter if it is floods, fire, or storm damage, we want to help you recover from a disaster faster. With 40 years of experience and 24-hour emergency service, you can be sure that your property is in good hands. For more information about our services, call us at (810) 689-6090.

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