Recent Storm Damage Posts
How Lightning Strikes Can Lead to Fire Hazards During and After Thunderstorms
Having your home struck by lightning is an extremely frightening thing, but it is something that happens often enough that it is important to know the facts. Lightning strikes the earth around 3 billion times every year, and because it is electrically charged and extremely hot, if it
comes into contact with a building, it can cause serious house fires.
While we do not often think of fires being a result of storm damage, the reality is that lightning makes this a very real possibility that individuals should prepare for.
How Lightning Strikes Can Cause House
Lightning Strikes Can Lead to Power Surges.
When lightning strikes a home, it can travel through the electrical wiring within the walls, sending a surge to any electronic device that is plugged in. This can lead to sparks from outlets or appliances that are not routed through surge
protectors, and these sparks can quickly start a fire in the home.
Lightning Strikes Can Ignite Buildings or Trees.
In addition to being electrically charged, lightning is extremely hot and can ignite flammable materials on impact. Fires can start after lightning strikes the roof of a home, generally beginning in the attic and working its way down the house. Additionally, if lightning strikes a tree, it can catch on fire and spread to homes. If it strikes dry grasses, flames can spread rapidly and create a devastating wildfire that consumes everything in its path.
Lightning Can Do Long-Term Damage to Wiring.
While the above types of fires would be started immediately following a lightning strike, if lightning strikes the home, there can still be unseen damage that can cause a fire
later on. If lightning travels through a home’s wires, it can cause damage such as singeing and fraying that could lead to an electrical fire in the future. These are extremely dangerous as they begin in the walls and can spread rapidly. If your home has been struck by lightning, having
an electrician do an inspection will let you know what your hazard levels are.
How to Be Prepared for Spring Storms
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While we all associate spring with the start of nice weather, it can also be associated with the start of storm season. Storms can occur at any time and cause an immense amount of damage to homes and businesses.
Follow these tips to prepare for spring storms:
- Make sure your gutters are clean and clear
- Bring in patio furniture
- Put important documents such as insurance paperwork, deeds, and property records in a safety deposit box.
- Take inventory of your belongings. This will come in handy if you ever need to file an insurance claim.
- Consider getting a Flood Insurance Policy
- Make an emergency supply kit
- Create and practice a family emergency evacuation plan that includes a designated meeting place.
If water damage caused by a spring storm or from any source, should ever affect your home, call SERVPRO of Piscataway. Our IICRC trained and certified technicians are Here to Help and will mitigate your loss back to its predamage condition and make it "Like it never even happened."
Call us today to learn more! 732-752-4445
Handling Your Appliances After a Flood
Do not use air conditioning after a flood because it could spread mold throughout the vents.
The process of cleaning up after a flood requires many considerations and decisions to be made. While it is tempting to salvage everything that was damaged, it is important to handle belongings safely and correctly in order to preserve their life.
WHAT TO DO AFTER A FLOOD
Appliances are some of the most expensive items in a home, so it makes sense that they are one of the things that homeowners are most concerned with salvaging. Here is what you need to know about handling your appliances after a flood in a safe manner.
1. Get a Professional Inspection
The electrical components of an appliance can get severely damaged in a flood, so attempting to dry appliances and turn them back on can result in shocks and short-circuiting. If appliances have been in a water-filled room, the best course of action is to unplug them immediately once the water recedes and obtain the inspection of a qualified technician to determine the next steps.
2. Do Not Use the AC
Because of how quickly mold can grow within a HVAC unit, your air conditioning system could spread mold throughout the home's vents if it is turned on. A restoration service with HVAC and mold expertise should perform an inspection before the system is restored.
3. Inspect the Refrigerator and Freezer.
The insulation of a refrigerator and freezer dry out slowly, meaning mold could be growing within the walls. If the insulation has gotten wet, you might be at risk for mold growth. Check with the manufacturer's booklet to determine where the insulation is located on your unit in order to know if it has been submerged or not.
4. Replace Water Filters
If the flood has disrupted the clean water supply, the water lines and ice maker in the refrigerator have been exposed to contaminants. Change the water filter and discard of any already-made ice within the bin before sanitizing it and returning it to use.
If your home has been through a flood, SERVPRO of Piscataway is here to help you! We are experts in water and flood damage, and you can call us 24/7 with your damages at 732-752-4445.
How Thunderstorms Lead to Flash Floods | SERVPRO® of Piscataway
From lightning strikes to wind impacts, when nature's forces combine into a thunderstorm, extensive damage can occur. While all of these things are dangerous, it is important to note that most flash floods are a direct result of thunderstorms, which are the most prevalent weather-related killer in the U.S.
So how does a thunderstorm lead to flash flood, and can those that might be affected prepare? Our flash flood FAQ has the answers!
FLASH FLOOD FAQ
What is a flash flood? Typically, flash floods are caused by thunderstorms that spend a large amount of time over one area or brief storms that expel a significant amount of precipitation in a short time. The amount of water expelled is too much for the ground to handle, leading to a sudden accumulation of floodwater.
What makes flash floods so dangerous? Experts believe that it is due to how quickly they can occur and how often they are underestimated. For example, just six inches of floodwater can knock an adult off his or her feet.
Why should I worry about flash floods if I do not live on a floodplain? In recent years, experts have seen an uptick in areas affected by flooding that have not been historically prone to them. Even without living in a known floodplain, it is important to be prepared.
What should I do if there is flash flooding in my area? Never attempt to cross or drive through flood waters for any reason, and move to high ground immediately until help arrives or flood waters subside.
What should I do if my home is damaged by a flash food? With water damage, it is important to get the cleanup process started as soon as possible. Find a certified flood restoration company in your area with a 24/7 response time to start restoration right away.
TYPES OF FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS
In order to stay safe when flash flooding is likely, it is important to know the various levels of warning the weather service will issue.
1.Flash Flood Advisory: A flash flood advisory means to be aware. Flooding might occur in limited areas and is not severe enough to warrant a warning, but can cause serious danger if precaution is not taken.
2. Flash Flood Watch: Conditions imply that it is likely a flash flood will occur. It is not guaranteed or currently happening, but experts believe it is highly possible.
3. Flash Flood Warning: When flash flooding is imminent or currently happening, a flash flood warning is issued and all should move to higher ground right away.
If your home has been damaged by a storm or flash flood, SERVPRO of Piscataway is here to help!Call us 24/7 with your restoration needs at 732-752-4445.
Don't Wait for the Storm to Hit to Start Planning
Have you ever thought about what would happen if your business was hit by a storm? Do you have the proper mechanisms in place to recover? Almost 50% of business never recover and 25% fold or close in the year following the event.
When a catastrophe occurs in your business it is important to be prepared. How quickly your company can get back to business after a tornado, fire, or flood depends on the emergency planning done beforehand.
When planning for a natural disaster & creating your disaster plan, you will need to consider many aspects that pertain to your business.
It is very important to have a plan in place that lays out procedures and safety measures for employees to follow. Create evacuation routes with exits that are clearly marked and visible and identify a spot outside that can serve as a meet-up spot.
Keep an up-to-date inventory including photographs of your assets. This can be helpful if an insurance claim needs to be made. Backup data before the storm hits to keep your files safe.
Build Relationship with Restoration Company
It is important to make relationships with a disaster recovery firm like SERVPRO of Piscataway. Not only do we understand the business of cleaning up after a disaster strikes, we also believe in building relationships with business owners like you, in case something unexpected happens.
IF YOU HAVE STORM DAMAGE TO YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS, CALL SERVPRO OF PISCATAWAY 24/7 at 732-752-4445.
How do Storms Form?
Flooded basement caused by recent storm.
The residents of South Plainfield New Jersey have been experiencing a high amount of thunderstorms this summer.
Thunderstorms can be very dangerous to anyone. These storms are usually followed by strong winds, rain and lightning.Large amounts of rainfall in a short period of time can cause flash flooding. Flash floods can send ground water into your home through basement windows, garage doors or through the foundation.
A resident in Iselin New Jersey had recently experienced the tragedy of a groundwater flood with 5 inches of water in his basement.He was fortunate to be prepared for this situation by having flood insurance or it could have been financially devastating. It is important as a home owner to know your insurance coverages before tragedy strikes.
We at SERVPRO of Piscataway are here to help with any type of water intrusion. And, like with our recent customer in Iselin we will respond quickly and professionally to help you through any flooding situation.
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SERVPRO of Piscataway Storm Damage Cleanup & Restoration Service
This basement in Bound Brook flooded after a recent storm.
SERVPRO of Piscataway specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential & commercial property after water, storm, or fire damage.
"We are Faster to any Sized Disaster"
A fast response is crucial to flooding and storm damage, because it reduces secondary damage & restoration costs. Our technicians respond immediately, day or night, to help business owners and residents.
Storms occur with little warning and can be devastating to your home or business, so you'll need a company you can trust to rise to the occasion.
The significant rainfall we have been experiencing this month caused major flooding to hundreds of homes within the area of Bound Brook. The heavy rain caused the sump pump to stop working and the basement to fill with water. SERVPRO of Piscataway's professional, highly trained technicians responded quickly, thoroughly dried the area, and restored it to it's pre-damage condition "Like it never even happened."
If you have storm damage, call SERVPRO of Piscataway today at (732) 752-4445.
When Storms and Floods hit SERVPRO of Piscataway is Prepared
Flooded basement was by a recent storm.
Storms are natural disasters that occur when you least expect it too. Flooding is one of the most common hazards when hit by a storm. SERVPRO of Piscataway specializes in storm and flood restoration.
The most common part of your home to get damaged in a storm is your basement. When water pressure increases, so does the potential for leaks into your basement. Water also finds an opening. Heavy rainfall can create hydro static pressure, this can easily drive groundwater to the basement through gaps and cracks. High water pressure can also cause seepage through solid concrete.
The residents of Middlesex County have been experiencing above average flood levels this year due to heavier than normal rainfall amounts. Our trained and knowledgeable technicians responded quickly to multiple basement floods in Plainfield following the last storm that passed through the area. So, if your home experiences flooding we are here to help.
For all storm and flood restoration SERVPRO of Piascataway is available 24/7.
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Preparing for Spring Storms
Spring is in the air! When you think of spring, you think of blue skies, warm weather, and blooming flowers, but spring is also the season for thunderstorms. These storms can bring about flooding, high winds, and even tornadoes if the conditions are right.
Spring weather can be unpredictable, so it is important to be prepared before the storm comes. The effects of a bad storm can be devastating to your family, home, or business. "Home and business owners need to be aware that severe weather conditions can develop and hit unexpectedly, so it is important to plan ahead."- Sue Steen, CEO of SERVPRO Industries, INC.
Here are a few ways to prepare before the storm:
1. Keep record of valuable items, it can be helpful when filing an insurance claim
2. Prepare an emergency kit that includes an emergency evacuation or shelter plan, a first aid kit, 3-5 day supply of water/food, and any medications needed
3. Store important contact, insurance, utility & medical information in a reliable and easily accessible place
4. Check yard for broken or dead trees that could damage your home
5. Check roof for missing shingles, leaks, or loose siding, and clean gutters to make sure they are not clogged
Have storm or flood damage? Call SERVPRO of Piscataway 732-752-4445. Our highly trained restoration technicians are here to help.
Take Time To Prepare
Tropical storm damage in Jersey Shore.
We can’t predict when a storm disaster will strike, SERVPRO has disaster recovery teams on standby positioned all over the country to deal with hurricane damage on a large scale.
Hurricanes are categorized by their extremely strong winds that can blow from 75 to 200 miles per hour. Hurricane season begins around June 7th and can last as long as 4 months. So it is recommended that those in areas of hurricane activity are prepared.
What to do in the event of a hurricane?
- Prepare a hurricane kit, have enough non perishable food and water to last for several days.
- Have a generator, by have this equipment you may be able to save the food in your fridge and freezer.
- Prepare a medical kit, include a first aid kit and several days of prescription drugs needed.
- Make sure you have all your necessities, these can vary per person. Some necessities are flashlights, extra batteries and hygiene products.
Heavy rain fall that comes with a hurricane may cause flooding weather minor or major flooding. This flooding may cause water damage to your property. To lessen the effects of flood damage it is recommended to use sand bags to direct the flow of water away from your home.
If you sustain any damages from such storm or disaster we are here to help 24/7.
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How to Build an Emergency Kit for the Whole Family
Things needed for a Storm Emergency
How to Build an Emergency Kit for the Whole Family | SERVPRO® of Piscataway
In 2017, there was over $306 billion in damage related to natural disasters. Not being prepared for an emergency situation is a risk, and the number of severe weather and natural disasters makes it an even bigger one.
At SERVPRO®, we understand the importance of being prepared for emergencies. That’s why we’ve assembled tips on how to pack your family’s emergency preparedness kit, to help you stay comfortable and safe until help arrives:
Food and Water: For food and water rations, experts recommend packing a 72-hour supply for each family member. Not sure what to pack? Think of resilient items like granola bars, trail mixes or nearly anything you might find in a store’s camping section. Canned foods and dehydrated dinners are also viable options, but typically require the use of a camping stove or water heater.
Tip: Have pets? The same 72-hour rule applies to their food and water.
Stay Comfortable: When packing the emergency kit, remember that you might be dependent on it for anywhere from a few hours to a few days. Things like blankets, pillows and a change of clothes might not be needed for a short time, but you wouldn’t want to go several days without them. Also, make room for practical items like hand sanitizer and paper towels, to keep the living space sanitary until help arrives.
Tip: Pack small, fun items for the kids—cards, books and puzzles are great for this.
Odds and Ends: Small items are easily forgotten, but can often be the handiest. Always pack first-aid kits, as well as any prescription medication, copies of important documents, and cash or travelers’ checks. Additionally, resourceful tools such as flashlights, headlamps, a Swiss Army Knife and duct tape are useful in a number of scenarios, without taking up too much room.
Tip: Feel like you’ve forgotten something? Take inventory of everything your family uses in a three-day period—chances are, if they use it, you should pack it.
If you need help preparing for or recovering from a disaster, SERVPRO can help. Contact our Piscataway location today 732-752-4445 to get connected with our team of professionals.
How do Storms Form?
Where Do Snow Storms Occur?
According to the Natural Disasters Association, snow storms occur in locations where air and ground temperatures reach below freezing.
North America and Canada experience around 10 snowstorms a year, each affecting approximately 2.5 million people.
Snow storms are usually referred to as blizzards. They are characterized by strong winds, heavy snowfall and flooding caused by large quantities of melting snow. Areas along the eastern seaboard of the United States are the most common locations for snow storms during the winter. According to Science, the northern plains are the perfect location for blizzards because the flat terrain allows the wind to reach blizzard-speed requirements. The cold temperatures in the region also allow the snow to be light and easily blown around. A blizzard can cause the visibility to drop to about a quarter of a mile and can last up to three hours.
Intense snowstorms are usually accompanied by cold waves, ice or glaze, heavy snow, blizzards or a combination of these. A large snowstorm has the ability to destroy large areas and isolate and injure people and livestock in its path. Southern states also experience occasional severe winter storms that can present severe hardship and loss of warm-weather crops.
What causes a Winter Storm?
Winter storms develop when low pressure systems come into contact with a cold front or a warm front, which causes low temperature precipitation such as snow and freezing rain.
Common types of winter storms caused by low pressure systems include snow storms, ice storms and blizzard.
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How to stay safe in a Lightening and Thunderstorm
How to stay safe in a Lightening and Thunderstorm
Thunder roars loudly and can be very frightening – but by itself can’t really hurt anyone. Its two most fearsome companions however, can be very dangerous indeed:
- Lightning kills an average of 31 people a year.
- Hail can happen during any strong storm, hurling chunks of ice to the earth at speeds up to 120 mph – and they range in size from a pea to a grapefruit!
So to protect yourself, your family and home from these real dangers takes a little bit of knowledge and preparation. Here are some hail and lighting safety tips:
Here are some hail and lighting safety tips:
Know the “30/30” rule: When you see a lightning flash, start counting. If you don't make it to 30 before hearing the thunder, head indoors. Then stay indoors until 30 minutes after hearing the last boom of thunder.
If you’re already indoors:
- Avoid using corded phones and electronics such as computers or power tools. Electrical wires can conduct lightning.
- Don't use your cell phone during a thunderstorm.
- Don't wash your hands, shower, wash dishes or do laundry. Metal pipes in the plumbing can also conduct lightning.
- High winds and hail can shatter glass, so stay away from windows, skylights and doors.
- Keep drapes and blinds closed to prevent hail-shattered glass from blowing in or flying around.
If you're outside when a storm hits:
- Take shelter when you see dark clouds or lightning, hear thunder or feel hail.
- Head for an enclosed building, rather than a carport or open garage.
- No enclosed structure? Get inside a hardtop, all-metal car, truck or SUV. Avoid leaning against vehicles.
- Get off bicycles and motorcycles.
- If you’re in the water, head for shore immediately and avoid metal objects. Water and metal can both carry an electrical current.
- Take care of your pets by bringing them inside. Doghouses are not lightning- or hail-proof.
To help lessen some of the potential damage from a lightning strike:
- Remove dead or overhanging tree branches that could fall on your house if the tree is struck by lightning.
- Unplug appliances and electronic equipment when not in use.
- A major concern with hail is damage to your home’s roof. No roofing material is hail-proof, so look for hail-resistant shingles that carry a Class 4 UL rating. Learn what type of roofing material is appropriate for homes in your area.
Hail can also cause extensive damage to your vehicle. To help lessen that risk:
- If a severe thunderstorm is predicted, park your car where it will be protected, like in a garage.
- Driving when the storm begins? Head for an overpass, garage or carport – anything with a strong roof. If none are available, pull to the side of road, cover your face with clothing to protect yourself from any broken glass, and wait. Most hailstorms only last about 5 minutes.
If you experience any damage from such storm or any disasters
Feel free to contact us.
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Hurricane Safety Checklist
Hurricane Safety Checklists
The most important thing you can do as hurricane season approaches is to get yourself, your family and your home prepared.
By starting early, you’ll avoid the rush at home supply stores, grocery stores and other venues typically crowded and often chaotic when hurricane watches and warnings are issued.
You should stock six basics for your home:
Water, Food, First aid supplies, Clothing and Bedding, tools and emergency supplies, and special items.
Keep the items you would most likely need during an evacuation in an easy-to carry container,
Possible containers include
a large, covered trash container, a camping backpack, or a duffle bag.
- Store water in plastic containers such as soft drink bottles. Avoid using containers that will decompose or break, such as milk cartons or glass bottles. A normally active person needs to drink at least two quarts of water each day. Hot environments and intense physical activity can double that amount. Children, nursing mothers, and ill people will need more.
- Store one gallon of water per person per day.
- Keep at least a three-day supply of water per person (two quarts for drinking, two quarts for each person in your household for food preparation/sanitation).*
Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food. Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking, and little or no water. If you must heat food, pack a can of sterno. Select food items that are compact and lightweight. Include a selection of the following foods in your Disaster Supplies Kit:
- Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, and vegetables
- Canned juices
- Staples (salt, sugar, pepper, spices, etc.)
- High energy foods
- Food for infants
- Comfort/stress foods
First Aid and Non-Prescription Drugs
First Aid Kit
Assemble a first aid kit for your home and one for each car.
- (20) adhesive bandages, various sizes.
- (1) 5″ x 9″ sterile dressing.
- (1) conforming roller gauze bandage.
- (2) triangular bandages.
- (2) 3 x 3 sterile gauze pads.
- (2) 4 x 4 sterile gauze pads.
- (1) roll 3″ cohesive bandage.
- (2) germicidal hand wipes or waterless alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- (6) antiseptic wipes.
- (2) pair large medical grade non-latex gloves.
- Adhesive tape, 2″ width.
- Anti-bacterial ointment.
- Cold pack.
- Scissors (small, personal).
- CPR breathing barrier, such as a face shield.
- Aspirin or nonaspirin pain reliever
- Anti-diarrhea medication
- Antacid (for stomach upset)
Tools and Supplies
- Mess kits, or paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils*
- Emergency preparedness manual*
- Battery-operated radio and extra batteries*
- Flashlight and extra batteries*
- Cash or traveler’s checks, change*
- Non-electric can opener, utility knife*
- Fire extinguisher: small canister ABC type
- Tube tent
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Aluminum foil
- Plastic storage containers
- Signal flare
- Paper, pencil
- Needles, thread
- Medicine dropper
- Shut-off wrench, to turn off household gas and water
- Plastic sheeting
- Map of the area (for locating shelters)
Sanitation, Clothing and Bedding
- Toilet paper, towelettes*
- Soap, liquid detergent*
- Feminine supplies*
- Personal hygiene items*
- Plastic garbage bags, ties (for personal sanitation uses)
- Plastic bucket with tight lid
- Household chlorine bleach
Clothing and Bedding
Include at least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person.
- Sturdy shoes or work boots*
- Rain gear*
- Blankets or sleeping bags*
- Hat and gloves
- Thermal underwear
Possessions and Documents
Keep these records in a waterproof, portable container:
- Will, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stocks and bonds
- Passports, social security cards, immunization records
- Bank account numbers
- Credit card account numbers and companies
- Inventory of valuable household goods, important telephone numbers
- Family records (birth, marriage, death certificates)
- Store your kit in a convenient place known to all family members. Keep a smaller version of the supplies kit in the trunk of your car.
- Keep items in airtight plastic bags. Change your stored water supply every six months so it stays fresh. Replace your stored food every six months. Re-think your kit and family needs at least once a year. Replace batteries, update clothes, etc.
- Ask your physician or pharmacist about storing prescription medications.
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Things to Prepare for a Hurricane
When preparing for a Hurricane there are thousands of things running through your mind,
Top 10 things you need to keep in mind or have a list of while you prepare for the forthcoming hurricane:
- Always remember to turn off the gas to prevent any gas leaks from broken or damaged gas lines. This may create dangerous situations if left unchecked.
- Stock up on battery powered flashlights and a radio. It is advised to avoid using candles, especially around children or pets. Remember to keep a check on the radio for further safety instructions that will be broadcast.
- Have at least a two-week supply of any prescription medications, as well as personal care items that include tooth brushes and toothpaste, and other hygiene products.
- This is important: Make sure all the vehicles have a full gas tank in case you need to make an emergency departure before the storm arrives.
- Remember to select the innermost part of your home (the ground floor is recommended) to ride out the storm, but not a basement or cellar. In the unfortunate event of flooding, those areas of your home may make it impossible for you to escape. Remember to stay away from all windows and glass doors.
- Since flooding caused by tidal surge is the leading cause of death and destruction in hurricanes, it is crucial for you to be aware of your surroundings. If you observe water coming into your house, get to an upper floor immediately.
- Have a well-stocked first aid kit in the event of any accident in the house. Bandages, cotton balls, disinfectants, antiseptics, antibiotic creams, aspirin, Tylenol, and a thermometer are some of the basics things that you will need. It is always better to be safe than sorry.
- You may want to purchase an average-sized portable generator. This is especially important if someone in the household is on oxygen or other electrical powered medical equipment. However, if you do use a generator, be sure to follow all instructions and safety precautions that come with it, and do not operate it indoors as that may lead to serious carbon monoxide hazards.
- Remember to have an ample supply of bottled water and non-perishable food stuff that can be prepared and eaten without having to be cooked. Be sure to have enough food and water for everyone, including pets, to last for a week. It is advisable to keep a can opener and a clean, sharp pocket knife handy.
- Most important of all: Do not wait until the last day to purchase supplies (food, water, etc.) or you run the risk of ending up with very little supplies, or even none, in the end. It's a good idea to stock up on all non-perishable stuff as soon as possible.
We at SERVPRO of Piscataway are here to help in such disasters.
Feel free to contact us at 732-752-4445 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
What to do during Severe Weather Conditions....
Broken pipe due to Storm Damage
What to do during a severe storms
- If you are indoors, stay away from windows, doors and fireplaces.
- If you are advised by officials to evacuate, do so. Do not hesitate you can make it worse for you and your family.
- You can use a cellular telephone during a severe storm, but do not use a land-line telephone.
- If you are in a car, stop the car away from trees or power lines that might fall on you.
What to do during storm weather conditions
- When a winter storm hits, stay indoors. If you must go outside, dress for the weather. Your jacket should have a hood. Wear mittens - they are warmer than gloves - and a hat, as large portion of body heat is lost through the head.
- In wide-open areas, visibility can be virtually zero during heavy blowing snow or a blizzard. You can easily lose your way. If a blizzard strikes, do not try to walk to another building unless there is a rope to guide you or something you can follow.
- If you must travel during a winter storm, do so during the day and let someone know your route and arrival time.
- If your car gets stuck in a blizzard or snowstorm, remain calm and stay in your car. Allow fresh air in your car by opening the window slightly on the sheltered side - away from the wind. You can run the car engine about 10 minutes every half-hour if the exhaust system is working well. Beware of exhaust fumes and check the exhaust pipe periodically to make sure it is not blocked with snow. Remember: you can't smell carbon monoxide fumes.
- To keep your hands and feet warm, exercise them periodically. In general, it is a good idea to keep moving to avoid falling asleep. If you do try to shovel the snow from around your car, avoid overexerting yourself.
- Take cover when hail begins to fall. Do not go out to cover plants, cars or garden furniture or to rescue animals.
- Hail comes down at great speed, especially when accompanied by high winds. When a hailstorm hits, stay indoors, and keep yourself and your pets away from windows, glass doors and skylights which can break if hit by hailstones. Avoid using the telephone during a storm, and do not touch metal objects like stoves, radiators, metal pipes, and sinks.
- When a hailstorm hits, find shelter and avoid underpasses or any low lying areas that may flood.
- Ice from freezing rain accumulates on branches, power lines and buildings. If you must go outside when a significant amount of ice has accumulated, pay attention to branches or wires that could break due to the weight of the ice and fall on you.
- Never touch power lines. A hanging power line could be charged (live) and you would run the risk of electrocution. Remember also that ice, branches or power lines can continue to break and fall for several hours after the end of the precipitation.
- When freezing rain is forecast, avoid driving. Even a small amount of freezing rain can make roads extremely slippery. Wait several hours after freezing rain ends so that road maintenance crews have enough time to spread sand or salt on icy roads.
- Rapid onsets of freezing rain combined with the risks of blizzards increase the chances for extreme hypothermia.
Lightning & Thunderstorms
- Always take shelter during a lightning storm.
- There is no safe place outside during a thunderstorm. Safe shelter can be found either in an enclosed building or a hard-topped vehicle.
- If you can see lightning or hear thunder, you are in danger of being hit. Seek shelter immediately.
- Wait at least 20 minutes after the last lightning strike in a severe storm before going outside again.
- During thunderstorms, you should also stay away from items that produce electricity, such as corded telephones, appliances, sinks, bathtubs and radiators
If you are in need and have questions or concerns feel free to contact us here at SERVPRO of Piscataway 732-752-4445
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When Storms or Floods hit South Plainfield, SERVPRO is ready!
SERVPRO of Piscataway specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.
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