Be Prepared for Storm Conditions
The peak potential time for hurricanes here in New Jersey runs from mid-August through the end of October. Hurricane Sandy is still on people’s minds, and each season is unpredictable as to the amount and severity of possible storms. Here at the Jersey Shore it’s especially important to be prepared for anything.
In order to protect your home, here are 5 tips that can help you prepare for and ride out a storm:
Keep Doors and Windows Protected Against Rain, High Winds, and Flying Debris
Heavy rains can cause flooding in your home. And, high winds can hurl objects at speeds so fast they can act like bullets. In other words: make sure to protect your windows and doors.
And don’t forget your garage door! Make sure your garage door is installed to be weather-proof or brace an existing door to keep it from giving way.
Remove Items from Your Yard
The more you can minimize any loose, large objects near your house, the better you can protect yourself from flying debris. Remember to secure any patio furniture or garden sculptures. Even better, try to bring everything you can indoors for the duration of the storm.
Keeping your trees pruned and removing any dead branches well before the storm begins will make a big difference in high winds.
Keep Gutters Clear So Water Can Flow
It’s a good idea to regularly clean out your gutters and downspouts and make sure nothing blocks flowing rain water or melting snow throughout the year. But, is especially important to make sure nothing is blocking your water flow before a major storm.
If the heavy rains can’t flow down and away, they could end up pooling on your roof and leaking into your attic, creating significant and costly damage to your home. So, make sure to conduct a visual inspection of your gutter and downspouts to ensure rain will flow away from your roof and home.
Make Sure You Have a Working Sump Pump and Emergency Generator
One way to ensure your basement or crawl space will stay dry during any potential flooding is to install a sump pump system. Also having an emergency generator on hand can be useful for any power loss you may experience during a major storm. You may consider installing a whole-house system, but even a small generator can keep the essentials going and help you withstand the worst of the storm’s after-effects.
Stock Up on Basic Supplies
It’s a good idea to keep on hand at least a three-day supply of basic necessities. This includes drinking water, food that doesn’t need refrigeration, a first aid kit, any prescriptions or other necessary medications, and personal hygiene items. You’ll probably also want a supply of batteries, a flashlight, and candles, just in case you end up with no electricity.
Some additional items recommended by FEMA include:
- Copies of important family documents in a waterproof container
- Sleeping bags and warm blankets
- Change of clothing
- Paper towels and plastic utensils, plates, and cups
- Books and games to pass the time.
If your home does sustain significant storm damage, it is a good idea to enlist the help of trained storm damage specialists as soon as you can. A fast response can limit the extent of the damage and significantly reduce your overall costs. Remember SERVPRO of Hackensack/Little Ferry is THE only restoration company who can handle storms like Sandy - we can rely on many of our SERVPRO franchises throughout the country to come and help.