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When the severe storms roll in, we roll out

10/16/2017 (Permalink)

Fall is a colorful season with sometimes unpredictable weather. We at SERVPRO of North Central Colorado Springs are well prepared for this season and know how to prepare for a storm. Here some tips from your SERVPRO of North Central Colorado Springs team:

Before the Storm

To begin preparing, you should build  an emergency supply kit and make a  family communication plan. 
-  Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that  could fall and cause injury or damage during a  severe thunderstorm. 
-Postpone outdoor activities.
-  Remember the 30/30 Lightning Safety Rule: Go  indoors if, after seeing lightning, you cannot count  to 30 before hearing thunder. Stay indoors for 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder.
-  Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or  cause damage.
-  Get inside a home, building, or hard top  automobile (not a convertible). Although you may  be injured if lightning strikes your car, you are  much safer inside a vehicle than outside.
-  Remember, rubber-soled shoes and rubber tires  provide NO protection from lightning. However,  the steel frame of a hard-topped vehicle provides increased protection if you are not touching metal.
-  Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If  shutters are not available, close window blinds,  shades or curtains.
- Unplug any electronic equipment well before the  storm arrives.

During the storm

- Use your battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio for updates from local officials.
-  Avoid contact with corded phones. Use a corded  telephone only for emergencies. Cordless and  cellular telephones are safe to use.
-  Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords.  Unplug appliances and other electrical items such  as computers and turn off air conditioners. Power  surges from lightning can cause serious damage.
-  Avoid contact with plumbing. Do not wash your  hands, do not take a shower, do not wash dishes, and do not do laundry. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures  can conduct electricity.
-  Stay away from windows and doors, and stay  off porches. 
-  Do not lie on concrete floors and do not lean against concrete walls.
-  Avoid natural lightning rods such as a tall, isolated tree in an open area. 
-  Avoid hilltops, open fields, the beach or a boat on  the water. 
-  Take shelter in a sturdy building. Avoid isolated  sheds or other small structures in open areas.
-  Avoid contact with anything metal—tractors, farm  equipment, motorcycles, golf carts, golf clubs,  and bicycles.
-  If you are driving, try to safely exit the roadway  and park. Stay in the vehicle and turn on the  emergency flashers until the heavy rain ends.  Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that  conduct electricity in and outside the vehicle.

After the storm

-  Never drive through a flooded roadway.
-  Stay away from storm-damaged areas to keep  from putting yourself at risk from the effects of  severe thunderstorms. 
-  Continue to listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or  to local radio and television stations for updated  information or instructions, as access to roads or  some parts of the community may be blocked.
-  Help people who may require special assistance,  such as infants, children and the elderly or those  with access or functional needs.
-  Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately.

Should you experience storm damage and need help to put you home together again, call SERVPRO of North Central Colorado Springs, serving all of El Paso county, Woodland Park and Elbert at (719)266-0881.

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