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What To Do When a Storm Hits

8/4/2022 (Permalink)

Four green airmovers dry a wooden floor and ceiling. SERVPRO of Central Glendale's fast drying equipment will have your home dry in no time after a storm.

Before a storm hits

Before rain ever hits, you need to make sure you have knowledge of the following:

  • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage
  • Remember the 30/30 Lightning Safety Rule: Look for lightning and go indoors if you cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder; stay indoors for 30 minutes after hearing the last thunder strike in the area
  • Consider investing in a personal lightning detector
  • Unplug electronic equipment
  • Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall
  • Shut all windows and secure outside doors

Waiting it out

As bad as this sounds, it is the best thing you can do for the safety of yourself and others. Be sure to:

  • Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords, including devices plugged in for recharging (consider unplugging valuable electronics in case of power surge)
  • Any contact with plumbing is bad news since water conducts electricity
  • Stay away from windows and doors and stay off porches
  • If you are driving, safely exit or pull over and park; do not touch any surface that conducts electricity in or outside of the vehicle
  • Do not lie on concrete floors or lean against concrete walls
  • Avoid natural lightning rods, such as tall, isolated trees, and avoid isolated small structures in open areas
  • Avoid contact with metal, including farm equipment, motorcycles, golf carts and bicycles

After the storm damage is done

Once the storm has gone, now is the time to do the following:

  • Never drive through a flooded roadway
  • Stay away from power lines that are down and report them immediately
  • Avoid storm-damaged areas
  • Help people who may require special assistance
  • Watch your pets closely; keep them indoors if possible
  • Give SERVPRO of Central Glendale a call now!

If the recent flash flood warnings have you stressed out, do not worry. Give the best professional water damage technicians in your area a call at 818-246-2200 today.

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