Recent Storm Damage Posts

What is a Hurricane and Who Tracks Them

5/14/2021 (Permalink)

Hurricane Season is officially June,1st through November 30th. Each year The National Hurricane Center, a division of The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration calculates and predicts hurricanes that are expected for the year.

A tropical cyclone is a rotating low-pressure weather system that has organized thunderstorms. When the storm’s wind reached 74 miles per hour it is classified as a hurricane.

There is a scale of 1 – 5 that is assigned to hurricanes and the higher the number the more likeliness that the damage will be worse.

  • Category 1: Winds of 74-95 mph (119-153 km/h)
  • Category 2: Winds of 96-110 mph (154-177 km/h)
  • Category 3: Winds of 111-129 mph (178-208 km/h)
  • Category 4: Winds of 130-156 mph (209-251 km/h)
  • Category 5: Winds exceeding 157 mph (252 km/h)

The Atlantic Basin is the origin of hurricanes, this includes the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, the Eastern North Pacific Ocean. Less often they develop in the Central Pacific Ocean.

Hurricanes are given names and there is a list that rotates in a six-year cycle. The World Meteorological Organization is responsible for maintaining and updating the list.

There is an average of 12 storms yearly.

High Wind Alerts and Preparing for Them

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

High Wind Alerts and Preparing for Them

The television and radio have announced that there is going to be high winds in the upcoming day or days in your area. There are things that you can do to prepare for upcoming unusually high winds. By preparing your property and contents on and around your property you can usually expect less damage from the wind.

Contents should either be taken inside or secured. Flying content can be damaged severely and cause damage to other property or even to you, family members or other friends. Secure all porch, pool and patio furniture, grills and grill covers. Bird feeders and hanging plants can easily be blown off and should also be secured.

Check your structure and repair the following things if needed, loose shingles, loose gutters and downspouts, loose shutters, gates and other fence sections, window screens, storm doors and their latches. Check any outside buildings you may have on your property for repairs needed prior to the high wind advisory.

If you have trees on your property, check them for already broken limbs and move all vehicles and anything else that can be damaged away from the trees if possible.

If you do experience damage during a wind storm and need the assistant of professionals for repairs, contact only licensed and insured companies. Referrals can be retained from other businesses, friends and neighbors.

Preventing weather and storm damage

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

Are you prepared for the coming cold weather? Cold weather can have a huge impact on your home or business if you are not ready for it. From heavy rain and freezing temperatures to damaging winds, sleet, or snow, all can cause serious and costly property damage. To help prevent costly damages due to weather, consider taking the following precautions to protect your property before colder weather hits.

·      Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Wind, heavy rain, ice, and snow can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.

·      Roofs, water pipes, and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper order. Leaves and other obstructions can cause a damming effect, which can lead to roof damage and interior water problems.

·      Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.

·      Inspect all handrails, stairwells, and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.

·      Protect water pipes from freezing by simply allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If the building has outdoor faucets, consider shutting water off at the main valve in the basement or crawl space.

Are you prepared for power outages

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

Are You Prepared for Power Outages?

Are you prepared for power outages, whether it is at your home or your place of business? Do you have a designated area that has a supply bin with items that are needed in case of a power outage? This is something every business and household should have in case of a power outage. Below is a guide that we have put together to help get you started on being more prepared should a power outage event strike your area.

Remember that a business and a home will have different needs. For example, a business should have either emergency backup lights or possibly something as simple as a flashlight at each employee’s desk or work area.

Depending on the time of year that the power outage happens it may require that you find a way to stay warm or a way to cool down. Emergency blankets are a helpful way to stay warm, and you can put on extra clothing.

If it is hot and you experience a power outage cover the windows to block the sun from coming in and go to the lowest level in the building. Wear the least amount of clothes as possible and stay as hydrated as you can but remember you may have a limited supply of water.

Here are some items that should be in your emergency power outage bin.

  1. Phone Number for The Power Company
  2. Flash Lights
  3. Batteries
  4. Emergency Candles
  5. Lighters
  6. Power Bank for cell phone (Make sure it stays Charged)
  7. First Aid Kit
  8. Snacks (Please keep in mind anyone that may have allergies or may be diabetic)
  9. Battery powered radio
  10. Water
  11. Hand sanitizer
  12. The name an address of the dedicated emergency shelter for your area
  13. Emergency Blankets
  • Have an inventory check list on the top of the bin and make sure it stays current and nothing is expired

 Please remind everyone to keep the refrigerator and freezer closed, to only open when necessary. Water must be conserved as much as possible. 

 Designate an employee to inventory the bin, make sure nothing has expired and that all supplies are there.

Tips For Storms and Flash Flooding

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

Tips for storms and flash flooding

 Rain is in the forecast for the end of this week and most of next week. Here are some tips on being prepared for storms and flash flooding in our area:

  1. Always have an emergency preparedness kit packed and ready to go with items like flashlights, first aid kit, whistle, non-perishable food, bottled water, battery powered radio, extra batteries etc.
  2. Make sure to have an emergency plan in place and make sure everyone is aware of that plan.
  3. Be sure to stay informed of the current weather, traffic, power outages etc. Visit http://www.fredericksburgalert.com/ to sign up for free for emergency alerts and notifications.
  4. In your home or business check the following before the heavy rain comes: Roof, Gutters, Doors, Windows, Sump Pump and Outdoor Equipment.

Flash floods can occur in a county or city, where runoff from buildings, parking lots and streets can overwhelm municipal storm water sewers. Please be on alert and be prepared for the upcoming weather! If you or someone you know has flooding in their home or business please call SERVPRO® of Fredericksburg at 540-373-7000.

Preparing For a Winter Storm

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

Preparing for a Winter Storm

There are many different aspects of preparation for a winter storm. There is preparing your home, preparing for the things that you will need if the roads are not passable and thinking outside of the box about the things that we take for granted in our everyday lives.

SERVPRO® of Fredericksburg has put together this list to help you get started in preparing for a winter storm. Everyone should always personalize and add to the list to accommodate their needs.

  • Water – At least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day
  • Food – At least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy to prepare food
  • Baby food and supplies- If needed
  • Pet food and supplies - If needed
  • Medications – 7 Day supply along with batteries needed for any medical devices, including hearing aids.
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene supplies
  • Battery powered and hand cranked radio, extra batteries
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Heat source
  • Remember *Carbon monoxide is a silent killer* Do NOT ever use a generator, grill, gasoline, propane or charcoal burning device inside your home, garage, basement or any closed in area. These should only be used outside.
  • Cell Phones – Fully Charged and portable chargers
  • Check on the elderly and handicapped if you can, help them prepare for the storm and then keep in contact with them if possible. A simple phone call could make their day or save their life.
  • Put your snow shovel and ice melting products inside so you do not have to go out in the elements to get them.
  • If you must leave home due to the conditions make sure you know where the nearest shelter to you is located.
  • Prepare your vehicle before the storm arrives. Have enough gas, windshield washer fluid and good wiper blades.  Always have an emergency kit in your vehicle that contains an emergency blanket that will keep you warm if your vehicle becomes stranded.