The storm currently moving through our area is an intense one and it originated from the southern United States where tornadoes struck Louisiana and Mississippi. There are high wind warnings in effect until 6 p.m. tonight with the possibility of winds gusting up to 70 mph. The wind, heavy rain and localized flooding along the shore could be an issue.This storm has the possibility to down trees, power lines and also flood homes. Here are some storm preparedness tips:
- Keep a storm safety kit that includes a battery or hand crank operated radio, flashlight, batteries, first aid kit, drinking water supply for three days, non-perishable food, manual can opener, pet food, towels, toilet paper, sanitary items, work gloves, duct tape, copy of insurance documents, blankets, list of phone numbers of emergency services, hammer, nails, and a fully stocked toolbox with screwdrivers, wrenches and a small hatchet.
- Stay inside during the storm; with high winds there could be debris flying through the air that could cause injury.
- If the electricity does go out, use flashlights instead of candles, call the power company right away, and unplug large appliances to prevent surging when the power comes back on.
- Only open the refrigerator/freezer when necessary to keep food cold as long as possible and to prevent spoilage.
- Stay away from any downed power lines and consider any power line as live and extremely dangerous.
After the storm passes, assess your home and if you do have any flooding, need a window boarded up, and/or have a tree that fell into your home, call us here at SERVPRO of White Plains and New Rochelle. We have the training and experience to deal with flooded and damaged homes.