WHAT DO YOU DO AFTER A BLIZZARD?
As the huge cleanup efforts from Winter Storm Jonas continue, we thought it might be a good idea to review a few things people should be doing to remain safe.
If your home lost power or heat in the storm and it still hasn’t been restored or if you don’t have the supplies you need to stay warm in your home overnight, you may want to stay in a public shelter. You can find where the nearest one is by texting “SHELTER” plus your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA). Make sure to dress warmly on your way to the shelter and bring anything you might need that night.
Check on the elderly to make sure they are safe and warm.
If you have a chimney, check it to be sure it has no structural damage. And if you light a fire, be sure the smoke is not backing up into your home.
Check for any broken water pipes and shut off the water supply until you can get someone out there to repair them. It might be a bit of work getting to your shutoff valve if you do not have one in your house. Your house can flood pretty quickly if left on. If you unfortunately have lost power or heat, then consider draining your water system to ensure no further damage occurs.
If you see any downed power lines in your yard or in the neighborhood, stay away from them and call the power company immediately.
Now that the storm has passed and everything and everyone is safe, grab a sled and enjoy the newfound winter wonderland before it melts away into muddy slush! Be sure to protect yourself from frostbite and hypothermia by wearing several layers of warm, loose-fitting clothing. Enjoy
After all is said and done, assess how your supplies and family plan worked. If you think they could have been improved in any way, learn from your experience and plan ahead for the next big one.
SERVPRO of Upper Darby, PA & SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE, proudly serves those in need! We will be on site quickly and our staff will give you the personalized attention you deserve. We specialize in the cleanup of water damage, fire damage, smoke damage, mold removal, trauma cleanup, vandalism cleanup, carpet cleaning and duct cleaning. Let us help you make it, “Like it never even happened!” Visit either of our websites for assistance. Pennsylvania customers visit –www.SERVPROofupperdarby.com or www.SERVPROofbearnewcastle.com if you’re located in Delaware. To speak to a qualified team member, call 1-877-352-0700.