Winter is Coming: Property Edition
Christmas is upon us and with Christmas comes winter. With winter, comes winter storm warnings.
SERVPRO of West Mahoning county cares about our community and we want families to stay safe during a winter storms. Since disasters strike at any time, we are here to help 24/7/365 with any damage caused by winter storms such as pipe-breaks, ice dams and sewer and drain back-ups.
How You Can Prepare
There are always precautions that families can take during a winter storm. One of the first, is knowing the difference between a winter storm watch and winter storm warning.
- A winter storm watch according to the National Weather Service (NWS) means conditions are favorable for a winter storm event that could be a threat to life or property.
- A winter storm warning according to the National Weather Service (NWS) means heavy snow of 6” in 12 hours or 8” in 24 hours, or sleet of ½” or more. According to the National weather Service.
Knowing what is coming will help you be better prepare during a winter storm.
Tips to keep your home safe and secure during a winter storm:
- Make sure you have an alternative heat source. This could be wood for a fireplace. To really prepared having a small generator to hook up is great.
- Make sure you have alternative lighting. One option is plenty of batteries and flashlights.
- Keep portable chargers for you cell phones handy
- Have a designated meeting place for family to gather to make sure everyone is accounted for once the storm passes
- Have extra blankets and covers on hand
- Have a list of emergency services at a central area to call if needed. This includes police, fire EMS and of course SERVPRO who has techs on call every hour of every day.
These are just a few helpful tips to keep you prepared during a winter storm warning. As with everything, knowledge is key. The more you know the better prepared you will be.
SERVPRO of West Mahoning County understands the dangers and importance of handling damage during a winter storm warning. So, if you experience damage call SERVPRO at 330-609-8543