Hurricanes And Flooding, What You Can Do Ahead Of The Storm
According to The Federal Emergency Management Agency Flooding is the most common, and most expensive, natural disaster in the United States. Just 1 inch of water pooled in a single-story, 1,000 square-foot home can cause close to $11,000 worth of damage; 1 foot of water in a 2,500 square-foot single-story home can cause more than $29,000 in damage.
The National Hurricane Program (NHP) provides data, resources and technical assistance for hurricane evacuation planning and response for state, local, tribal, territorial and federal government partners. The National Hurricane Program is a partnership between FEMA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the NOAA National Hurricane Center.
Here are some simple steps from FEMA you can take to prepare yourself and your family. For complete list visit FEMA's official website.
Know your Evacuation Route
Check with local officials about what shelter spaces are available this year. Don’t forget, coronavirus may have altered your community’s plans.
Have enough food, water and other supplies for every member of your family to last several days. Consider the unique needs of your family, such as supplies for pets or medication for seniors. Adding extra masks, soap, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes or general household cleaning supplies can help to protect you from COVID-19 when you evacuate to a shelter.
Make an Emergency Plan
Make sure everyone in your household knows and understands your hurricane plan. Don’t forget a plan for the office, daycare center, school and any other locations you frequent.
Plan with Disability in Mind
No two people are the same: each of us moves through, functions in and navigates the world differently. It is important to make your emergency plan based on what works best for you.
Creating a support network or planning ahead with accessible transportation can ensure that you stay safe when disaster strikes. Visit Ready.gov/disability for more information on how to plan if, for example, you are blind, hard of hearing or have sensory disabilities.
SERVPRO of Valdosta 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.
If you have storm damage or questions about restoration call us SERVPRO of Valdosta (229) 244-1466.