Recent Storm Damage Posts

Happy Halloween from SERVPRO of Kenton County!

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

Happy Halloween to all our valued customers, coworkers, and friends! Here are just a few quick tips to help ensure your night isn’t spoiled by an accident or mishap! Have the kids wear reflective tape or stickers and always cross the street in a crosswalk…carrying flashlights is also suggested. These tips are always important, but especially if it happens to be a dark, stormy night! For better vision, try makeup or face paint instead of masks. And for fire prevention, costumes should be flame-resistant or flame-retardant and decorations should never be placed near flames. A battery-operated light to light up your carved pumpkin is also a much safer option than a real candle. Don’t forget to check the kids’ candy for anything that looks suspicious.  And if you are out driving during trick or treating hours, use extra caution. Be safe and enjoy the night!

SERVPRO of Kenton County

Take Steps to Prepare, Survive, and Be Safe During Storms

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

The warmer months are the prime months in our area for thunderstorms and severe weather. According to ready.gov, there are important steps that can be taken to prepare for storms, survive during storms, and be safe after storms.

PREPARE:

  • Sign up for your community’s alert system
  • Identify sturdy buildings nearby that can be used for shelter
  • Cut down or trim trees that could potentially fall on your home

SURVIVE:

  • Seek shelter in a sturdy building during a severe storm
  • Pay attention to weather reports and alerts
  • During a storm, unplug appliances and other electrical devices
  • Avoid flooded roadways

BE SAFE:

  • Listen to reports for whether it’s safe to go outside
  • Watch for fallen power lines and trees

Storms can hit quickly and unexpectedly, leaving a trail of damage behind. SERVPRO of Kenton County is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide emergency service. Our technicians respond quickly to restore properties affected by water damage and flooding, storm damage, fire damage, and mold damage.

Don't Fall Victim to a Roofing Scam!

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

Due to its critical role of keeping the elements out, the roof of a property is one of its most important components. So when repair is needed, there is no time to waste! Unfortunately, because of this, the roofing industry is very prone to scammers that prey on those that are desperate for roofing work. Understanding the signs of roofing scams and doing a little extra research can help prevent falling victim to a scammer! Here are different types of roofing scams and some helpful tips to avoid them:

Types of Roofing Scams:

  • Recommending Unnecessary Repairs – New roof or just repairs?
  • Inadequate Repair Work – The actual damage is often below the surface and cannot be seen once work is completed.
  • Overcharging
  • Disappearing Down Payment – The roofing company requires a down payment to begin and then never returns to do the work.
  • Fluctuating Bid – The initial bid is low but when work begins unexpected costs or unforeseen problems arise.

Tips to Avoid Roofing Scams:

  • Speak to multiple contractors before hiring one. Be sure to compare recommended repairs, completion times, and costs.
  • Ask friends, neighbors, and family for recommendations.
  • Make sure all estimates and contracts are in writing.
  • Be cautious when providing down payments before work begins or at least before materials are dropped off.
  • Don’t sign until your insurance company has inspected the roof.

If the roof of your property is damaged and needs to be repaired or replaced, act quickly to avoid interior water or mold damage! And if you find water or mold damage, SERVPRO of Kenton County is Here to Help!

The Mission of the American Red Cross & How To Help

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

The mission of the American Red Cross is to “help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to natural and other disasters through the immediate mobilization of people and resources and the provision of community, workplace, and school-based training.” In our area, the Greater Cincinnati/Ohio River Valley Chapter of the Red Cross organization serves 18 counties in Southwestern Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana. Examples of the types of disasters they respond to are floods, tornadoes, fires, and hurricanes. Many times, following a disaster, the American Red Cross workers are among the first on the scene. Their goal is to provide people with the support and resources they need, like food, clothing, and shelter.

Because of generous donations, caring volunteers, and abundant support, Red Cross relief services are free to those in need. The Red Cross totally relies on the generosity of the American public and there are many different ways to contribute. Some suggestions include:

  • Monetary Donation
  • Fundraising
  • Giving Blood
  • Taking, Teaching, or Hosting a Class
  • Volunteering

If you would like to learn more about the American Red Cross and find out ways that you can help, visit their website by CLICKING HERE!

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” ~Winston Churchill

Know the Signs of a Tornado to Increase Safety

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is a scientific agency within the United States Department of Commerce that focuses on the conditions of the oceans, major waterways, and the atmosphere. One of the main functions of NOAA is to warn of dangerous weather.

According to The Storm Prediction Center of the NOAA, when it comes to tornadoes, there is no guaranteed safety. Weather forecasting is not perfect, so it is possible for a tornado to occur without a warning. Knowing the signs of a tornado is one way to increase safety.

Here are several things the NOAA website says to look or listen for:

  1. Strong, persistent rotation in the cloud base.
  2. Whirling dust or debris on the ground under a cloud base -- tornadoes sometimes have no funnel!
  3. Hail or heavy rain followed by either dead calm or a fast, intense wind shift. Many tornadoes are wrapped in heavy precipitation and can't be seen.
  4. Loud, continuous roar or rumble, which doesn't fade in a few seconds like thunder.

These are just a few tips on what to look for during severe weather. More information can be found on the NOAA website. Tornadoes or severe storms often hit suddenly and can cause property damage that needs immediate attention. The SERVPRO of Kenton County crews are always ready to help with services like securing a property, removing fallen trees, and tarping a roof. CLICK HERE to learn about other ways we are here to help.

Happy New Year from SERVPRO of Kenton County!

12/31/2018 (Permalink)

Ringing in the New Year means new resolutions for many, such as living healthier lives, dropping bad habits or developing better organizational skills. Our goal at SERVPRO of Kenton County is to have a team of quality people that will always provide excellent customer service to help our clients in their times of need. Our New Year’s resolution is to be committed to continuing to improve on the services we provide. We strive for 100% customer satisfaction. We know that by staying up to date on the latest techniques, equipment and resources, we will be ready for whatever happens. With open minds and continued training we will become even more efficient at making it “Like it never even happened.”

Happy New Year from SERVPRO of Kenton County! We hope 2019 brings success, happiness, and prosperity!

Continuing Education Course on December 12th!

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

We are hosting a Greater Cincinnati Insurance Board continuing education insurance credit course entitled, “Agents Ethical Responsibilities w/ Tom Ryan, AIC.” This course will discuss the ethical responsibility of the agent to the client and the insurance company in the transaction of insurance. It will review the legal and moral ethical responsibility in the transaction of insurance and examine the ethical duties an agent must understand. Topics will include introduction, ethical responsibilities of an agent, criminal activities of an agent, the justice system, negligence, duty of care agency law, and dual agency.

This course is approved for 3 credit hours in OHIO and KENTUCKY and will be held at our Covington, Kentucky location at 1001 Madison Avenue, Covington, Kentucky 41011 on Wednesday, December 12th, 2018 from 8:30am to 11:30am.

CLICK HERE for more information and to register!

Why I Will Never Own a Finished Basement...From the Perspective of Cassie Kohrs – Administrative Assistant, SERVPRO of Kenton County

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

When you think of buying a new home what do you envision? When I was younger I dreamed of the perfect basement where I could host parties and my future kids could play. I wanted to be able to walk out of my basement and right into my backyard. What I didn’t think of though, are the disasters that can happen that may make my picturesque home an expensive project to fix! As an administrative assistant at SERVPRO of Kenton County, answering customer calls day after day, I have learned a few things! While I don’t own a home yet, I definitely hope to in the future. That is why I am thankful to this industry for teaching me what to look out for when I finally get to buy that dream home.

One of the very first things I noticed when I started working for SERVPRO of Kenton County is a trend of storm damage to basements. When Northern Kentucky gets hit with heavy storms the most common place we clean up is the basement. We see damage all the time from sump pump failures, sewage backups, water flooding in from window wells, and underneath doors. Many times these basements are finished and we have to tear out carpet, padding, and drywall. These are often expensive to clean up and then put back together and in some cases the damage isn’t even covered by insurance. It didn’t take long for me to become disillusioned from that perfect finished basement! That however, doesn’t mean that this has to become wasted space.

Basements, even if unfinished can be a great place for many things. For instance, a basement makes the perfect laundry room. Growing up I didn’t have a finished basement but my dad built a great table that made the ideal work bench for folding laundry. A work bench like this could also be perfect as a crafting or tool table. Unfinished basement space can also be utilized as storage. But I have learned to make sure that items stored on the ground should always be in a deep plastic container so that, in the unfortunate event of a flood, the stored items are safer from water. Another good idea is to store the contents on racks that are at least a foot or two off the ground. And as an extra precaution, I would advise placing these in waterproof containers as well to help prevent water damage. This is especially essential if you are storing important papers, or family photos.

I personally am not disappointed that I won’t have a big fancy finished basement someday. I am perfectly happy to adjust that part of my future home. (It just means that I get to claim that as my crafting room!) I also don’t want to discourage others from having a finished basement. These are very nice spaces if you are willing to risk the possibility of flooding. However, I will say that if you have a finished basement or are interested in having one in the future, talk with your insurance company and find out what kind of coverage you have and what coverage is available. Also, make sure that you are prepared for this situation by keeping the SERVPRO of Kenton County phone number handy. We are always here to help!

(859) 261-2400

The American Red Cross Offers New Smartphone App

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

The American Red Cross has designed a great, new smartphone app designed to give users instant access to very valuable information. The app presents the user with lifesaving first aid instruction as well as helpful disaster preparedness information. The idea behind the app is that by having this useful information at the fingertips of millions of people, many lives will be saved.

The app includes videos and interactive quizzes. And to make learning more fun, users who take the quizzes can earn badges to share on social media and boast about their new lifesaving expertise!

Some highlights of the new app include:

  • Every day scenario first aid instructions
  • Emergency event instructions and 9-1-1 call button
  • Shareable badges unlocked with interactive quizzes
  • Videos and animations to make learning more fun
  • Disaster preparedness tips for severe weather situations like hurricanes and tornadoes

This new app is free and available to all iPhone and Android users. CLICK HERE to learn more on the American Red Cross website!

Don't Let the Weather Ruin Your Holiday! Here is a Helpful Fireworks Safety Tip

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

This time of year everyone talks about the risk of fires from the careless use of fireworks. What some fireworks fans fail to take into consideration is how the weather can affect fireworks and create a potentially dangerous situation.

For example, if a storm is approaching or it is just an unusually windy day, an unexpected wind gust can affect the direction of the smoke, sparks and fallout while setting off fireworks or using sparklers. Hot embers or smoke can be blown into spectators or other areas, increasing the risk of fires or fire-related injuries. So it is very important to be aware of the direction of the wind and use extreme caution when lighting and using fireworks.

Another weather related situation to be aware of is whether or not the area has been experiencing a drought. A drought leaves the ground dry and more susceptible to fire and burning. So it is important to know the condition of the fallout area in order to lessen the risk of a fire igniting.

So this year, when planning your fireworks celebrations, make sure to take the weather into consideration! Listen to weather reports and plan ahead if storms or high winds are predicted in your area. Be aware of the ground conditions where fallout occurs and be prepared to react quickly in the event of a mishap. And always remember that SERVPRO of Kenton County is always available for emergency service after fire damage…We are only a phone call away! (859) 261-2400 CLICK HERE to learn more. Wishing everyone a safe and happy 4th of July!!

Flash Floods: Are We At Risk?

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

Flash floods are usually caused by excessive rainfall that occurs in a short period of time. They are dangerous because they are powerful, speedy and unpredictable. They can happen with little or no warning at all.

Densely populated areas are at a high risk for flash floods. Buildings, roads and parking lots in the area reduce the amount of rain absorbed by the ground. Sometimes streams that run through cities are routed into storm drains. These drains can become overwhelmed and flash flooding can result.

Areas near rivers are also at risk for flash flooding. If levees along rivers fail, flash flooding can result. In 2005, New Orleans experienced devastating floods during Hurricane Katrina due to the failure of the levees.

Dam failures and rapid runoff from mountains and steep hills can also cause flash flooding. When water is falling faster than the ground can absorb it, a dangerous, flooding condition can result.

No area is really immune to flash flooding. During storms it is important to pay attention to weather watches and warnings and take the necessary precautions. Always listen to forecasters and be prepared with a plan in place just in case a flash flooding situation arises!

Check for Roof Damage After Storms!

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

When severe storms hit, they most often hit unexpectedly and can be devastating to a home. Hail storms, tornadoes, floods and blizzards all have the potential to damage a home.

Roof Damage

Roofs are most commonly affected by storms and can be very costly for homeowners to repair. Tornadoes and high winds can cause fallen trees and branches. Shingles can be blown off leading to water leaking into the home and causing water damage. Vents, gutters, downspouts and flashing are all susceptible to damage during storms as well.

Following a storm, in order to prevent further damage, it is always important to look for signs of roof damage. Some things to look for are holes, missing or dented shingles, and dented or cracked gutters and downspouts.

SERVPRO of Kenton County is available 24/7 for emergency service if your home is damaged by a storm and you need help immediately. We understand the importance of responding quickly to help prevent secondary damage and reduce restoration costs. Some of the emergency services that we provide include temporary board up, temporary fencing, tarping, and tree removal. So if you find yourself in need of emergency service, give us a call any time day or night! (859)261-2400.

Happy New Year from SERVPRO of Kenton County!

1/1/2018 (Permalink)

Well, it is New Year’s Day and many will make resolutions for 2018 with aspirations of living a healthier lifestyle, losing weight, dropping a bad habit or being more organized. One important resolution to add to the list that could actually save lives in 2018 is to commit to getting prepared for emergencies.

Families and businesses need to have a plan in place just in case a disaster like a storm, fire or flood occurs. The American Red Cross offers a few steps to prepare your family or business in the case of an emergency.

First of all, put together an emergency kit for the home or the office. Suggested items to include in the kit are flashlights, non-perishable food and water, battery powered radio, extra batteries, first-aid items and extra cash.

Secondly, talk with family members or co-workers about what to do in the event of an emergency. Plan what to do if you are separated and choose a meeting place. Practice escaping your home or office twice a year. And don’t forget to include your pets in the plan!

And lastly, learn about the risks most prevalent to your area. For example, are earthquakes, tornadoes or hurricanes common in your area? Find out how to receive information from local officials in the event of an emergency. Learn first aid techniques so that you can respond before help arrives.

So this year, add being prepared for emergencies to your list of resolutions and stay safe in 2018! Be prepared!

Happy New Year from SERVPRO of Kenton County!

Extreme Weather Conditions Most Common in Our Area

10/16/2017 (Permalink)

Extreme weather is when a weather event in an area is significantly different from the usual weather in that area. While those living in Kentucky and Ohio do not frequently experience severe weather conditions, there are a few times that weather does become an issue. Droughts, floods, tornadoes, and snow storms are all extreme weather events that can affect our area.

Droughts occur about once every 10 years in the Northern Kentucky / Ohio area. When they occur, these severe dry spells pose significant problems for our area farmers.

Flooding is most frequent here in the winter and spring seasons and affects areas that are normally dry. The many rivers and streams make us susceptible to flooding when we are faced with intense or prolonged heavy rain.

Tornadoes occur in all parts of the world and at any time of day or year. But they are most common in the Midwest during spring and summer afternoons and evenings. Depending on the severity, tornadoes can cause devastating damage to cities, businesses and homes.

Six or more inches of snowfall in a single day constitutes heavy snow in Ohio and Kentucky. This occurs several times a year in northern parts of Ohio but much less frequently in other areas of the state and into Kentucky. Extreme snowfall can cause damage to homes by collapsing roofs. Gusting winds that accompany blizzards also pose a threat to homes and business.

SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team Helps in Texas and Florida

9/11/2017 (Permalink)

In late August, the state of Texas was drastically affected by Hurricane Harvey. Billions of dollars of property damage was sustained to homes and businesses throughout the state. And unfortunately, September brought Hurricane Irma to the state of Florida, also leaving a trail of devastation and destruction.

SERVPRO of Kenton County is proud to be a part of the national SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team to help the people whose lives have been disrupted by these natural disasters. Our Disaster Recovery Team is available 365 days a year and is always prepared for the unpredictable. When localized storms overwhelm the local restoration companies, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team is there to help manage the workload. SERVPRO has mobilization teams across the country to travel as needed, to support recovery after large storm events. With mobilized local command centers, management, crews, equipment and more than 1,650 franchises nationwide, the SERVPRO Franchise System has the ability and the manpower to relocate where needed and help make it “Like it never even happened.” 

Our thoughts are with all those affected by the recent hurricanes as well as with all those assisting with the recovery efforts! Our hope is that with everyone working together, it will be a smooth, efficient and successful restoration and recovery process.

Hail Damage - Give Us a Call!

8/14/2017 (Permalink)

Hail is a form of solid precipitation that consists of balls of ice called hailstone and occurs during severe storms. According to the National Storm Damage Center, hail causes approximately $1 billion in damages per year in the United States to homes, buildings, cars, and crops.

Types of Hail Damage

Roof Damage – When hail storms hit, the most common damage to homes and buildings is to the roof. When the roof damage goes undetected or unrepaired, more damage can occur to the home or building as water leaks through the roof and into the walls.

Window and Siding Damage – Often high winds accompany hailstorms causing the hail to fall at angles. When this happens, windows and siding can crack which also leads to the threat for additional water damage to the home.

Automobile Damage – The glass, plastic and metal surfaces of vehicles are particularly susceptible to damage from hail. Dents in the metal or cracks in the windshield glass are common occurrences in hailstorms.

Steps to Minimize Hail Damage

There are a few steps that one can take to minimize hail damage.

  • Close Curtains or Blinds – Closing the window treatments can help prevent the wind from blowing broken glass into the interior of the building.
  • Park in Garage – To protect vehicles, park inside a garage or under a carport.
  • New Roof – If replacing your roof, consider using impact-resistant materials to help avoid future hail damage.

Hailstorms can be extremely destructive to commercial or residential buildings, especially roofs. If you are caught in a hailstorm and suspect that you have damage, SERVPRO of Kenton County provides 24 hour emergency restoration services including board ups and roof tarps. We respond quickly to prevent further damage to your property!

Just call SERVPRO of Kenton County (859)261-2400!

Have a Safe & Happy Independence Day!

7/3/2017 (Permalink)

Fireworks displays are affected by many different weather factors. Wind, drought, lightning and rain can all have an impact on July 4th celebrations.

Wind can really affect the quality of the display as well as pose a safety risk if not monitored closely. Calm wind doesn’t allow for the smoke to dissipate which means that the fireworks won’t be as vivid as spectators try to see them through the smoke. Strong wind affects the direction of the fallout, potentially blowing hot embers and smoke into the spectators.

A location experiencing a drought is not ideal for a fireworks show. This could be very dangerous as there is potential for fire damage when the fallout lands on dry grounds and possibly sparks a fire.

Lightning can also be one of the most dangerous weather conditions that affects a fireworks show. It is possible that lightning can strike the unlit fireworks and ignite them on the ground, which is very dangerous for anyone sitting nearby. It’s important to remember to always take shelter indoors if lightning is in the area!

And finally, while most would expect otherwise, rain is not really an issue for fireworks displays. As long as the pre-lit fireworks are protected from the rain so that the fuses are kept dry and will light, the fireworks will still burst through the raindrops and be seen without problems.

So this July 4th, be sure to take the weather into consideration as you head to your local fireworks display!

We at SERVPRO of Kenton County wish you a happy and safe Independence Day!

Pet Safety in the Event of a Tornado

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

As we are now into the warmer weather, severe storms become more frequent and tornadoes become a possibility. In the event of a tornado, most people consider the safety of their family, but many may forget to consider the safety of their pets. The Humane Society of the United States offers several tips to help keep pets safe during severe storms.

Tornado Pet Safety Tips:

Bring your pets inside – Any time a severe storm is in your area, bring your pets indoors. If it is not safe for you to be outside, then it is not safe for your four-legged friend!

Make sure your pet is wearing a collar with identification or is microchipped – If you were to be separated from your pet during a storm, an identification tag or microchip will increase your chances of being reunited.

Practice getting your pets into your safe place – When you practice your tornado safety plan with your family, be sure to include your pets as part of the practice plan!

If you are forced to evacuate, take your pets with you – Even if you think you will only need to be gone for a short period of time, take your pets and some emergency pet supplies with you. Depending on the situation, you may be unable to come back for your pets at a later time.

These are just a few tips to take into consideration to help keep your pets safe during the stormy season. More information about tornadoes and pet safety can be found at the Humane Society website, http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/animal_rescue/tips/keeping_pets_safe_during_a_tornado.html.

SERVPRO of Kenton County & the Disaster Recovery Team

5/1/2017 (Permalink)

Last October, Hurricane Matthew hit the Southeast coast of the U.S. leaving a trail of devastation and destruction. According to NationalGeographic.com, the hurricane’s storm surge and torrential rainfall caused severe flooding from Florida to North Carolina and inflicted damage in the U.S. estimated by analysts at a minimum of $10 billion. Many homes and businesses were left without power and sustained severe damage due to the high winds and flooding.


SERVPRO of Kenton County is proud to be part of the national SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team. This team provides help during events like tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards or floods. The national SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, the SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team is always prepared for the unpredictable. With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,700 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big.


During events like Hurricane Matthew, our local SERVPRO of Kenton County crews are ready to quickly mobilize and help provide disaster relief to affected families and businesses in the area of the disaster.

SERVPRO of Kenton County Works to Help Those Affected by Hurricane Matthew

10/18/2016 (Permalink)

Hurricane Matthew pounded the Southeast coast leaving a trail of devastation and destruction. The storm brought strong winds, as much as 15 inches of rain and powerful storm surges to some areas. Many homes and businesses were left without power and sustained severe damage due to the high winds and flooding.


Many people’s lives were disrupted and SERVPRO of Kenton County is making every effort to help those in need. As part of the national SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team, our crews have mobilized and are currently onsite in South Carolina to help provide disaster relief to affected families and businesses in the area.


The employees of SERVPRO of Kenton County are also working locally to provide hurricane disaster relief. On Saturday, October 15th, as part of the Contractor Connection Global Day of Service, a team of our SERVPRO employees and their families were honored to volunteer at Matthew 25: Ministries in Blue Ash, Ohio. Matthew 25: Ministries aids disaster victims and the poor by collecting, processing and shipping goods to them. To start the day, the SERVPRO group took part in a very informative tour and learned about the mission of Matthew 25: Ministries, what they do, and who benefits from their service. The SERVPRO group then contributed to the cause by unpacking and preparing items for shipment to those affected by Hurricane Matthew. It was a very satisfying experience for our SERVPRO employees to be part of such a wonderful cause!

NO DISASTER IS TOO BIG for the SERVPRO DISASTER RECOVERY TEAM!

5/2/2016 (Permalink)

Tornadoes, Hurricanes, Blizzards or Floods – NO DISASTER IS TOO BIG!

Need help fast in a storm situation? SERVPRO of Kenton County has answered the call! The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team is a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby, ready to act when disaster strikes. The Disaster Recovery Team is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, always prepared for the unpredictable. When localized storms overwhelm the local restoration companies, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team is there to help manage the workload. SERVPRO has mobilization teams across the country to travel as needed to support recovery after large storm events. With mobilized local command centers, management, crews, equipment and more than 1,650 franchises nationwide, the SERVPRO Franchise System has the ability and the manpower to relocate where needed and help make it “Like it never even happened.”

April Showers, May Flowers & Severe Storms

4/26/2016 (Permalink)

With the spring season comes lush green lawns, colorful flowering trees and warmer sunny days. However, spring can also be the prime season for severe weather. According to the American Red Cross, there are steps that can be taken to help ensure your safety if dangerous weather is predicted in your community.

Tornadoes often occur during the spring season between the hours of 3:00 and 9:00pm. The following are a few safety steps that can be taken to be ready if a tornado warning is issued is your area:

·        Know your community’s warning system

·        Pick a safe room in your home for your family to meet if a tornado is headed your way. This room should be a basement, storm cellar, or interior room on the lowest floor and should have no windows.

·        Prepare your lawn for strong winds by removing damaged limbs from trees and securing lawn furniture, trash cans, hanging plants, etc.

Thunderstorms are also common in the afternoon and evening hours in the spring and can produce very dangerous lightning. A few thunderstorm safety tips recommended by the American Red Cross are:

·        Where there is thunder, there is lightning! If thunder can be heard, then you are close enough to be in danger of lightning strikes. Go indoors!

·        Postpone any outdoor activities, such as sporting events and picnics until the storm passes. It is possible to get struck by lightning even if it is not raining.

·        Take shelter in a building or vehicle with windows closed and stay clear of the windows.

·        Do not shower or bathe during a thunderstorm.

Spring can also be the time of year for flooding. Flash floods occur suddenly when water rises rapidly along a stream or low-lying area. Below are some safety steps recommended in the event of flooding:

·        Be prepared to evacuate and head for higher ground.

·        Stay away from floodwaters.

·        Do not drive on flooded streets.

·        Be especially cautious at night when it is more difficult to recognize flood danger.

While severe weather can be frightening, you can help ensure your safety and the safety of the ones you love, by being prepared and taking precautions.