Recent Storm Damage Posts
Storm Emergency Supply Kit
These are just a few of the recommended items to include in a basic emergency supply kit:
- Water- at least a gallon per person per day for several days
- Non-perishable food (at least a 3 day supply)
- A manual can opener
- A battery operated radio, preferable with a tone alert and extra batteries
- Flashlights and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- A whistle to signal for help
- Dust masks or bandanas
- Plastic sheeting and duct tape
- Wrench or pliers for turning off utilities
- Moist towelettes
- Garbage bags
- Plastic ties
- Sleeping bags or blankets
- Local maps
- Hygiene items
- Any necessary medication
- Books, games, puzzles or other activities
- Important documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification, and bank account information
- A fire extinguisher
- Matches in a waterproof container
Storm Basics: After the Storm
After the severe weather subsides, ensure that you don’t drive through any flooded roadways, as hidden currents can be strong and extremely dangerous. Stay away from storm-damaged areas that could put you at risk due to the effects of severe thunderstorms. Listen to your local weather radio or television stations for updated information or instructions, as they will likely provide crucial information such as closed roadways and blocked areas. Offer assistance to those who may require special assistance such as the elderly, children, or those with access or functional needs. Keep a close eye on your animals. Stay aware and away from downed power lines- if you see any report them immediately. If you have storm damage to your home or property, give us a call at 732-248-9555. Timely mitigation is key to minimize secondary damages caused by severe storms.
Storm Basics: Before the Storm
To begin preparing for a storm, you should build an emergency supply kit and make a family communication plan. Another precaution you may want to take is removing dead or rotting trees and branches that are liable to fall and damage the property. If you are aware that a storm is in the forecast, you should postpone outdoor activities and secure any outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage. Keep the 30/30 lightning safety rule in mind- go indoors if after seeing lightning you can’t count to 30 before you hear thunder. Stay inside for 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder you hear. Get inside a home, building, or hard-top automobile (although a home or building is more secure than a car, you are much safer inside a car than outside). Don’t forget to shutter your windows, secure outside doors, and unplug electronic equipment.
Storm Basics: During the Storm
Once the storm hits, try to avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords (this includes corded phones). Unplug appliance and other electrical items such as air conditioners or computers. Power surges from lightning are not only dangerous but can cause widespread electrical damage. Do your best to avoid contact with plumbing as plumbing and bathroom fixtures can be conductors for electricity. Stay away from windows and doors and off porches, and don’t lie on concrete floors or lean on concrete walls. Avoid natural lightning rods, open fields, hilltops, the beach, or a boat in the water. Take shelter in a sturdy building but avoid isolated sheds or small structures in open areas. Avoid contact with metal and if you are driving, try to safely exit the road and park until the heavy rain subsides.
Storms are Ahead
In the spring and summer seasons, flash flooding and rainstorms are more common. Heavy rainfall can cause sudden flooding and possible power outages within your local Edison area. When events like these occur, they can create a “perfect storm” for basement flooding and other related water damage. SERVPRO of Edison is always prepared and ready to go for any type of sudden disaster.
Tips for Storm Related Weather
Here are just a few helpful tips and strategies that can help you before and after a storm event.
Before the Storm-
High winds and lightening can cause power outages. Prior to the storm you’ll want to stock up on bottled water, non-perishable foods, flashlights and batteries, in the event getting the power back takes a few days.
Make sure your personal contents are off the floor and on pallets or shelves.
After the Storm-
After the storm you’ll want to survey the interior and exterior property for any damages.
Take photos of any damage that occurred from the storm for insurance purposes.
If emergency mitigation is needed, call SERVPRO of Edison to take immediate action.
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Tips from FEMA for Preparing Your Home for a Hurricane
- Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans, and any other items that are not properly secured or tied down
- Keep all trees and shrubs well trimmed so they are more wind resistant
- Plan what you and your family will do if your home is not accessible
- Cover any windows with precut plywood or hurricane shutters to protect them from high wind
- Consider if you will be able to run the business form an alternate location or even from your home
- Turn off utilities as instructed. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator thermostat to its coldest setting and keep the doors securely closed
- Turn off propane tanks
- Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purposes such as cleaning and flushing toilets.
- Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water.
- Create an emergency supply kit filled with items you may need in the event that you have to evacuate or bunker down
How to Prepare for Floods
In terms of damage and destruction, floods are one of the most dangerous natural disasters. Floods can affect any area, wherever rain falls the possibility of flooding exists. A few of the most common causes of flooding are:
- Melting snow
- Unusually heavy rain in a short period of time
- Levee or dam failure
- Mudflow after forest fires
- A city water pipe bursting
- Rivers overflowing their banks
- New land development
- Fire hydrants and above-ground swimming pools
- Melting ice
- Rapid weather changes
- Tropical storms
While these disaster are often unpredictable, there are a few step you can take to prepare for possible weather events and minimize the damage caused. You can:
- Keep your furnace, water heater, and electric panel elevated, especially flooding is common where you live
- Wash your hands thoroughly with clean water before eating and ensure that you do not drink from any contaminated sources.
- Avoid contact with flood water, as it may contain oil, sewage, and/or other contaminates
- Move furniture and important items to higher levels in your house and bring in any outdoor furniture
- Put together an emergency kit, including a three day supply of food and water, a flashlight, batteries, toiletries, a first aid kit, and blankets
- Pay attention to radio or television warnings
- If possible, turn off utilities at the main switches and disconnect appliances
- Store important documents in a fire and waterproof container
If you have experienced flood damage to your home, we are here to help you. You call us at (732) 248-9555 anytime to get a quick response from our restoration experts.
When Storms or Floods hit Edison, SERVPRO is ready!
SERVPRO of Edison specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.
Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
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When a Severe Thunderstorm Hits Edison Township in NJ
Spring and summer bring warmer days, but they also bring weather that has the potential to create heavy disturbances like strong winds, thunderstorms, and lightning events. Hail can be created in a severe thunderstorm and can be an inch or more in diameter. Hail like this can cause extensive damage to roofs, vehicles, and landscape. Another risk of severe thunderstorm events is the production of high winds. Strong winds can cause major damage by knocking down trees, power lines, and other property structures—and these knocked-down structures can in turn cause even more damage.
SERVPRO of Edison specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition. If you experience weather-related damage to your property, give us a call at (732) 248-9555.
When heavy rains or storms hit Woodbridge Township, SERVPRO of Edison is Ready!
Our Trucks are always prepared for Storm or Flooding events!
SERVPRO of Edison is at the top of the list when it comes to specializing in Storm and Flood Damage Restoration. Our crews have the training and experience to restore your personal or business property back to normal after a storm event strikes.
All SERVPRO franchises are locally owned and operated. When a storm or heavy rain situation occurs, SERVPRO of Edison can respond immediately with a full crew and an unending amount of resources to start emergency restoration. Prompt service helps reduce secondary damages to your home or business!
Our Team of Expert
SERVPRO of Edison has an all hands on deck approach to a storm situation. From the initial phone call with our Office Administrators, estimates with our Project Managers, and mitigation and cleaning with our Certified Technicians - our team works tirelessly from start to finish to make sure our clients expectations are exceeded on every job.
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Flash floods are sudden local floods that occur mainly due to heavy amounts of rain in the local area. During these flash floods, conditions may become perilous as streets quickly fill with water and houses, especially basements start to flood and get damaged. It is important to remember during these occurrences to be cautious and head to higher ground and to stay away from flood waters. Although they are extremely unpredictable, there are a few ways you can prepare your house and family before such an event.
When preparing for potential floods and flash floods, it is smart to have a family disaster plan in place. This should include knowing your flood risk, home's elevation above the flood plane, and supplies for yourself and your family in the event of a flood or flash flood. Additionally, you should reach out to your insurance company and inquire about your coverage in case of a flood.
Some steps you can take to protect your house in preparation for potential flood risks are:
- keep valuables & important papers in a safe or safety deposit box that is unlikely to be damaged during a flood.
- Seal walls with a water proof compound to prevent water from seeping in through the cracks.
- ensure all content in the basement is at least 4 inches off the ground or is in water proof containers.
- you may also want to consult a professional in construction to see if any additional measure can be taken to protect your home
In the unfortunate event that your home or property is damaged by a flash flood, you can call SERVPRO of Edison at 732-248-9555 to get the remediation handled promptly, professionally, and properly.