How to Create a Storm Safety Plan | SERVPRO® of Central Honolulu
Severe weather can create hazardous circumstances and result in significant damage to houses and infrastructure. Weather-related damages frequently have financial ramifications. The United States spent at least $1 billion on weather-related damages in 2021, demonstrating how costly storm disasters can be.
Here in Honolulu, we are more at risk for water-related natural disasters such as tsunamis, hurricanes and flooding. It is important to know the types of disasters that are more likely to occur in our area to know how to best prepare for incoming storms.
Storms can be dangerous to both your safety and wallet—and while we can’t control the weather, we can learn how to better prepare for storms when they do happen. One way to prepare for bad weather is to have a storm safety plan in place.
In the event of a storm, emergency kits are vital to have on hand. Water, nonperishable food, a first-aid kit, functional flashlights and backup batteries should all be included in your emergency bag. Ensure that your emergency kit is stored in a location that is easily accessible from your shelter.
When a storm strikes, having a communication strategy in place for all members of your household or business is critical. In the event of a weather-related emergency, communication plans with emergency phone numbers, marked evacuation routes and shelter information can be useful.
Consider creating a dedicated “safe zone” in your house or office to shelter from bad weather, as well as a check-in system for parties to report when they are safe.
By taking efforts to prepare your house or company for a storm, you can lessen the risk of avoidable damage. Begin by securing windows and doors and inspecting the exterior of your structure for loose items that could be blown away during the storm.
Next, make sure your roof and gutters are in good functioning order and that there are no leaks. Installing DIY storm shutters to protect against rain and severe winds can also be beneficial.
It is critical to know who to call for assistance in the event that damages occur. SERVPRO of Central Honolulu has your back with a dependable team of professional restoration technicians. We’re available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to restore your home to “Like it never even happened.”
Finally, take time to review your storm safety plan and how it worked for your house or business. Gather any necessary supplies, revise your communication plans and be ready for the next storm.
If you discover storm damage to your home or business, you can count on SERVPRO to handle the restoration. We’re here 24⁄7 to spring into action—get in touch with us today.