If you live in Texas, you understand that spring means storm and tornado season. You also understand the dangers that this poses to your home and the importance of taking all possible precautions against flooding and fire. Being ready for any severe storms or tornadoes that may come your way must also be a part of your plan. Some of the steps to take that can get you through the rough weather safe and sound might include the following:
- Get an annual water system inspection to ensure that your pipes, water heater, and sewer are all in top condition as you head into the stormy weather.
- Scan your home for excessive condensation. Check in the attic and basement. Don’t forget to look on top of insulation and ductwork.
- Equip every room with a smoke alarm, and remove any obvious fire hazards. Consider obtaining your own personal fire extinguisher, and make sure the gas lines are leak-free.
- Have at hand all emergency contact numbers such as for the police and fire department, for local hospitals, for emergency rescue squads, etc.
- Put together a storm survival kit that will supply you with all essentials for up to 72 hours.
What Should Be in my Emergency Survival Kit?
You can purchase a pre-made storm survival kit or you can put one together on your own. Either way, you want to make sure that all of the essential items are included. Some of the things commonly kept in a survival kit are as follows:
- A three day supply of non-perishable items (dry and canned foods). If you want to get creative, you can use military or space rations, but anything that will not go bad for many years will do.
- A can opener. Alternatively, you can keep a simple opener on your keychain.
- Several gallons of clean, drinkable water. You can re-fill old milk cartons or buy bottled water.
- Candles, matches, a flashlight, and batteries. When the electricity is gone, you need an alternative way to see at night. The matches are especially helpful if you need to start a fire for cooking.
- A small tool kit. You may need simple tools like screwdrivers, hammers, pliers, etc.
- A first-aid kit. Bandages, peroxide, cotton balls, anti-burn spray, etc. are the types of things you’ll want to include.
- Some basic medicines to fight the flu, headaches, constipation, diarrhea, etc.
Once I Make It Through the Storm, How Will I Restore Damaged Property?
Finally, we should note that storms in Texas can sometimes do extensive damage to your property. Texas-sized problems call for Texas-sized solutions, and so, you should seek out a high-tech company to help you recover from the storm that your preparations and survival kit got you through. Some companies in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area caters to these very needs. PuroClean has a proven process that can thoroughly dry out a storm-soaked home. It is often difficult to tackle the job of cleaning carpets, mending burst pipes, repairing water heaters, dealing with backed-up sewage lines, etc. on one’s own.
Storms and tornadoes are a seasonal threat to all residents of North Texas. By taking necessary precautions, including putting together a storm survival kit, you can better weather these inevitable storms. Once you get through them, there will likely be quite a clean-up task at hand. With a little forethought, you can know just what to do should you ever find yourself in that situation. Repairs will likely be accomplished through a combination of personal efforts and professional help. The bottom line is being prepared and plan ahead.