Summer Storms & Staying Safe
Summer Storms & Staying Safe | SERVPRO® of St. Joseph
Summer is almost unofficially over, but the hot days aren’t. We are wrapping up vacations or enjoying the last few days of the pool or beach and soaking up the sunshine.
But while sunny days seem to be the norm, there’s a lot of rain, too. Some say that summer time causes more storms, and it’s totally true.
In most parts of the country, there are atmospheric conditions that create moisture and warm air, which helps create thunderstorms.
Here locally, we’re no exception, and our rainiest months occur during the spring and summer.
Hear Ye, Hear Ye
Yes, wetter weather is a common part of summer, but it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t treat it with the same respect that you would any other weather event. Make sure to pay attention to weather alerts and reschedule outdoor events if you need to.
By keeping up with weather alerts you can stay prepared. Purchasing an NOAA Weather radio means you can still receive alerts even if there is no power.
While flooding is always possible, it’s not very predictable, so if you feel there’s a chance for it to happen, you should make plans to stay home and stay dry. Extreme storms can also bring about high winds that cause flying debris to damage your property.
Dozens of people die every year because of storm-related accidents. By staying alert and keeping up with yard maintenance, you can help reduce your risk of danger.
Keeping Your Family Safe
Lightning can strike up to 10 miles from the nearest drop of rain, so if you see lightning, it’s best to get indoors. And stay indoors until you haven’t heard thunder for at least thirty minutes.
Take extra precautions inside the home by staying away from windows. Also, stay away from water by avoiding baths or showers.
In case of tornadoes or flooding, make sure you keep an emergency kit prepared and in safe reach. Know your evacuation route so that you don’t have to figure it out at the last minute.
Flooding can be extremely dangerous, so make sure you stay off the roads. Travel can be dangerous especially considering that it only takes two foot of water to carry your vehicle away.
There are any number of dangers that can come into play in a thunderstorm, and it’s always best to be cautious and put things on hold until storms safely pass. If storms cause damage to your home or business, SERVPRO is on the line, ready to make things right again.