Residents of Orange County – Do Not Get Swept Away with the Storm This Hurricane Season!
The 2016 Atlantic Hurricane season officially began on June 1st and will run until the end of November. According to the Weather Company, an IBM business, the 2016 hurricane season is expected to be the most active since 2012. Fourteen named storms have already been forecasted by weather professionals.
SERVPRO of North Orange County wants to make sure you and your family are safe and prepared in the event of a hurricane.
Below are several steps you should take to ensure you will be ready in the event of a storm:
Stock up on batteries and water
Check to make sure your flashlights are all working
Ensure your generator is in good working order
Clean out gutters and trims trees and shrubs
Inspect your roof, siding, foundation and basement to identify areas that need to be repaired or replaced
Check that your sump pump is working
You happen to hear on the television that a hurricane is supposed to be hitting North Orange County this weekend. A few days prior to the storm you should:
Bring lawn furniture, trash cans and toys inside
Cover windows with 5/8 inch plywood that’s cut to fit and ready to install
Fill your gas tank
Park car in a garage or next to a building to protect from wind and debris
Charge your cell phone and other important electronics
During the storm it is important that you:
Listen to the radio or television for information
Avoid using the phone except for in emergencies
Stay inside unless you are told to evacuate
Stay away from windows and external doors
Keep your emergency kit with you
If water starts to come in your home, lift any clothes or valuable items to a higher place
Remember, fixing water damage in your home is not a DIY project. Due to some of the severe after-effects of water damage, including health risks, it’s always best to have the professionals take on your water damage repair.
If your home suffered from storm damage, contact SERVPRO of Orange, Sullivan & S.Ulster Counties to take advantage of our water damage restoration services. For more information on SERVPRO os Orange, Sullivan & S.Ulster Counties Services, call 845-342-3333 or visit www.SERVPROosu.com