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Are you REALLY Storm Ready?

8/22/2022 (Permalink)

Lighting in water damaged basement with SERVPRO logo Get REALLY ready!

When thinking about what it means to be prepared for a storm, my first thought is rounding up the everyday essentials. Get new batteries in the flashlight, have water bottles and snacks on hand, and charge up your phone in case of a power outage. These are the things that typically first come to mind when preparing for a storm.

While any measure of preparation is beneficial, there are a few things that many people don’t think about. These precautions can take you the extra mile, and in turn, protect precious belongings!


  1. Do you have priceless valuables in your basement? -- You should consider moving them
  • Tubs are helpful but are not foolproof because they can flip upside down!
  • Be sure your sump pump is on its own electric circuit. Have a battery backup, it will save you a big mess and hassle.
  • Keep valuables at least 3-4ft off the floor.
  1. Where are your important documents, pictures, passwords/usernames, codes, keys?
  • Make sure you have copies of any important content kept somewhere safe.
  • Use a flash drive or keep a copy of your information in a lock box at the bank or other safe location.
  1. Do you know how many items you keep plugged into outlets in your home?
  • Leaving items plugged into your outlets during a storm can put them at risk of damage.
  • According to the Department of Homeland Security, you should unplug all of your appliances during a thunderstorm.

Now that you have asked yourself these three questions, are you storm-ready? Are you taking all the precautions to keep you and your home safe? If not, now is the perfect time to begin!

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