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Did you know hurricane season has already started?? 

Its June 1st- November 30th to be exact. Are you prepared?? We can help you get prepared with simple knowledge.

Storm Basics:

A thunderstorm is a rain shower during which you hear thunder. Since thunder comes from lightning, all thunderstorms have lightning. 

A thunderstorm is classified as "severe" when it contains one or ore of the following:

  • hail
  • winds in excess of 58 mph
  • structural wind damage
  • tornado

Warning VS Watch

A severe warning thunderstorm warnings means that a severe thunderstorm is occurring or is imminent based on Doppler radar information or a reliable spotter report. A warning is issued by the local National Weather Service Office. 

A sever thunderstorm watch means that the potential exists for the development of thunderstorms which may produce large hail or damaging winds. A watch is issued by the Storm Prediction Center. 

Do you know what to have in your Emergency Supply Kit?

It should include...

  • Water (one gallon per person per day)
  • Food (Non-perishable 3-day supply)
  • Manuel can opener
  • Battery operated radio, preferably a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Clothing
  • Duct mask or bandanas
  • Plastic sheeting, garbage bags, and duct tape
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  •  Local maps
  • Hygiene items
  • Important documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification, and bank account information
  • Cash
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in waterproof container

What to do before the storm

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  • To begin preparing, you should build an emergency supply kit and make a family communication plan.
  • Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall and cause injury or damage during a severe thunderstorm
  • Postpone outdoor activities
  • Remember the 30/30 Lightning Safety Rule: Go indoors if, after seeing lightning, you cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder. Stay indoors for 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder.
  • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage
  • Get inside a home, building, or hard top automobile. Although you may be injured if lightning strikes your car, you are much safer inside a vehicle than outside.
  • Remember, rubber-soled shoes and rubber tires provide NO protection from lightning. However, the steel frame of a hard- topped vehicle provides increased protection if you are not touching metal
  • Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades or curtains. 
  • Unplug and electronic equipment well before the storm arrives.
 

What to do DURING THE STORM

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  • Use your battery operated NOAA Weather Radio for updates from local officials
  • Avoid contact with coded phones. Use a corded telephone only for emergencies. Cordless and cellular telephones are safe to use.
  • Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords. Unplug appliances and other electrical items such as computers and turn off air conditioners. Power surges from lightning can cause serious damage. 
  • Avoid contact with plumbing. Do not wash your hands, do not take a shower, do not wash dishes, and do not do laundry. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct elecricity 
  • Stay away from windows and doors, and stay away off porches
  • Do not lie on concrete floors and do not lean against concrete walls
  • Avoid natural lightning rods such as tall, isolated tree in an open area
  • Avoid hilltops, open fields, the beach or a boat on the water
  • Take shelter in a sturdy building. Avoid isolated sheds or other small structures in open areas
  • Avoid contact with anything metal
  • If you are driving, try to safety exit the roadway and park. Stay in the vehicle and turn on the emergency flashers until the heavy rain ends. Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that conduct electricity in and outside the vehicle. 

What to do AFTER THE STORM

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  • Never drive through a flooded roadway
  • Stay away from storm-damaged areas to keep from putting yourself at risk from the effects of severe thunderstorm
  • Continue to listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or to local radio and television stations for updated information or instructions, as access to roads or some parts of the community may be blocked
  • Help people who may require special assistance, such as infants, children and the elderly or those with access or functional needs
  • Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately 
  • Watch your animals closely. Keep them under your direct control 

SERVPRO of Newport News is always ready to help if a nasty storm has messed with your home. You can always give us a call at 757-244-8467.