Restoration Experts Share Their Top 5 Must-Haves for Riding Out a Storm
Unless you’re a storm-chaser you probably ride out bad weather like most people: indoors hoping your basement doesn’t flood, your roof doesn’t leak, and nothing gets struck by lightning.
Here at ServiceMaster, we’re not storm-chasers either. We’ve seen the damage storms can do to buildings, homes, and entire communities, and our hope is always that everyone comes out on the other side safe.
Nevertheless, we’ve seen our fair share of storms and talked to people in the aftermath.
While you can count on our team to be your go-to for residential restoration services and commercial restoration services after the storm, our primary concern is not buildings, it’s always people.
Buildings, homes, furniture, and valuables can be restored after a storm. It’s the safety of loved ones that you should prepare for. That’s why we’ve put together this list of must-haves for riding out a storm.
Weather Radio to Help You Stay Informed
These emergency radios ensure that you have access to weather emergency information from authorities, such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, who will provide indispensable knowledge and instructions tailored to your specific location.
The radios themselves come in a variety of types – from battery to hand-crank powered. Each unit receives its signals from transmitters in the area so that you don’t need to worry if you don’t have access to a live stream of news from the internet or television.
Flashlights That’ll Last
Having a flashlight handy during any sort of inclement weather might seem like a no-brainer, but don’t underestimate the number of options you have.
New technology presents several different options so that you can illuminate what can be a dark experience. Always seek to have a LED flashlight handy because their engineering makes for stronger beams and longer battery lives. It’s important to note, however, that a majority of the heavy-duty LED flashlights on the market run on a rechargeable lithium battery. You must maintain the battery life so that yours is powered up in the event that the power goes out.
Beyond power, water-resistant models are always a plus if you need to step outside or your building is compromised in any way and takes in water during the storm. We suggest seeking out some compact LED specialty lights (like for camping) that store easily and can float in water for your storm safety toolkit.
How prepared are you? Download our guide, “Preparing for Disaster” to check your readiness and update your emergency plan.
Water Purifier to Stay Hydrated
In a storm, there is a possibility that significant damage to your water supply may occur – presenting a serious risk to your health.
Having a water purifier on hand can ensure that you stay hydrated and have the water source you need to prepare meals, drink, and even clean.
Today, you can find a purifier in both filter and UV light forms. Regardless of the model you choose, you’ll be able to remove pathogens such as bacteria and physical sediment from any water source.
Jump Packs Give You a Boost
Being without power doesn’t mean you have to go without some of your essential electronics. A jump pack is a single unit that can charge your most crucial devices when power is inaccessible.
They can jump-start laptops, tablets, phones, and other small electronics. Plus, many models are designed with extra-bright lights on them so that you can utilize them as a light source during the nighttime if you experience a power outage.
Generators to Keep You Going for the Long Haul
A typical thunderstorm might leave you without power for a few hours, but a more severe circumstance might put you in a position to be without power for several days.
A generator can help ease the adverse effects of a severe thunderstorm by ensuring that you’ll be able to use lights, appliances, and other essentials. In addition, you can cater your experience based on your property’s needs and personal preferences with models that simply keep the basics running or others that power the entire house.
Plan Ahead with an Emergency Response Plan
Of course, we never want the weather to have adverse effects on the way we live our lives or run our businesses, but it’s an unavoidable part of nature that we have to prepare for.
To be best prepared, understand the possibilities and risks and make sure that you have a professional restoration company on hand to help if water damage affects your building.
Our restoration professionals at ServiceMaster Trifecta are ready with an Emergency Response Plan for commercial businesses so that you can get back to business quickly and efficiently after a severe thunderstorm.
We’re available to help 24/7/365. Contact us to put our disaster and water damage restoration expertise to work for you.