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

5/21/2024 (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 Foxborough, MA.

Spring is a beautiful time of year, but it can also bring unpredictable weather, including severe storms. As a homeowner, it's essential to be prepared for these events to protect your family and property in Foxborough, MA. Here is what you can do before, during, and after a spring storm to stay safe and minimize damage.

Before the Storm:

  • Create an Emergency Kit: Put together an emergency kit that includes essential supplies such as water, non-perishable food, flashlights, batteries, a first aid kit, and any necessary medications.
  • Develop a Family Communication Plan: Create a family communication plan so that everyone knows how to reach each other in case of an emergency. Choose a designated meeting place in case you are separated during the storm.
  • Secure Outdoor Items: Bring in or secure outdoor furniture, decorations, and other items that could be picked up by strong winds and cause damage.
  • Trim Trees and Shrubs: Trim back trees and shrubs to reduce the risk of branches falling onto your home during a storm.
  • Check Your Insurance Coverage: Review your homeowners insurance policy to ensure you have adequate coverage for potential storm damage.

During the Storm:

  • Stay Informed: Monitor weather reports and alerts to stay informed about the storm's progress and any safety advisories.
  • Seek Shelter: If advised to do so, seek shelter in a safe place in your home, such as a basement or interior room on the lowest level.
  • Avoid Windows and Doors: Stay away from windows and doors during the storm to avoid injury from flying debris.
  • Turn Off Utilities: If instructed to do so, turn off your gas, electricity, and water to prevent damage in case of flooding or a gas leak.

After the Storm:

  • Assess Damage: After the storm has passed, assess your property for any damage. Check for leaks, structural damage, and fallen trees or power lines.
  • Document Damage: Take photos of any damage to your property and belongings to document the extent of the damage for insurance purposes.
  • Contact Your Insurance Company: Contact your insurance company as soon as possible to report any damage and begin the claims process.
  • Clean Up Safely: If you need to clean up debris or water, do so carefully to avoid injury. Wear protective gear and be cautious of hazards such as downed power lines.

By following these tips, you can be better prepared for spring storms and protect your home and family in Foxborough, MA. Remember, SERVPRO of Foxborough, MA is here to help and safety should always be your top priority during severe weather events. 

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