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Tornado Safety - Before, During & After The Storm

5/19/2021 (Permalink)

Tornado damaged town - tornado & storm safety SERVPRO of Marietta West is here to help cleanup and restore storm damage 24-hours a day. Let us make your storm damage "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Marietta West is here to help your family recover after a tornado, flooding, or any other type of storm damage. Our goal is to make the process of restoring your home after storm damage, as easy and pain-free as possible. We work with property insurance providers every day to restore our customer's property. We are preferred service providers for most major insurance companies and can help navigate you through filing an insurance claim should you choose to do so. Our team of storm cleanup and restoration specialists are available 24/7 and can be on-site to extract storm water and start the mitigation process, in as little as two hours. 

Tornadoes are the cause of some of mother nature's most powerful and damaging storm events. Tornadoes are known for their iconic funnel shape that are made up of violently rotating columns of air. Wind speeds can exceed 200 mph and tornadoes can form just about anywhere at just about anytime of the year. April and May are typically the most active months in Georgia for tornado activity. On average, North Georgia experiences about six days a year where tornadoes occur, and around nineteen days a year with severe damaging winds.

Tornadoes are not to be trifled with and can cause major damage to homes and businesses in the Metro Atlanta area. Being prepared for weather events like tornadoes, floods, or even hurricanes and tropical storms is crucial to safely enduring catastrophic weather events. That's why SERVPRO of Marietta West has put together the following safety tips for Georgia's tornado season.

Be Prepared for Tornado Season in Georgia

  • Get to know the area you live in and it’s tornado history. Weather history is a great indicator of how frequently tornadoes affect a given area.
  • Be familiar with tornado warning signs and listen to local weather reports predicting weather conditions conducive to tornadic activity. Typical signs include rotating funnel-shaped clouds, flying debris, or the sound of a freight train.
  • Pay attention to and be familiar with early warning systems like sirens and the Emergency Alert System (EAS).  You can listen to emergency alerts and weather advisories using NOAA Weather Radio.
  • Have a plan that identifies a safe place to shelter during a tornado and practice this plan several times throughout the year. If possible seek shelter in a safe space built using FEMA criteria or built to ICC 500 Standards. Small interior room that has no windows on the ground level or in a basement.
  • Prepare for a long-term stay at home or sheltering in place by having emergency supplies including potable drinking water, non-perishable foods, medical supplies and some common cleaning and sanitary supplies.

Safety Tips - During a Tornado

  • Seek shelter immediately by going to a safe location, preferably the one you previously outlined in your Weather Emergency Plan. As stated above, if possible seek shelter in a safe space built using FEMA criteria or built to ICC 500 Standards. Small interior room that has no windows on the ground level or in a basement.
  • Monitor and pay attention to local alert systems, EAS, and/or the NOAA Weather Radio for emergency information and instructions.
  • Do not try to outrun a tornado in a vehicle. If you are in a car or outdoors and cannot get to a building for shelter, cover your head and neck with your arms and cover your body with whatever is available like coats or blankets.

Safety After a Tornado

  • Stay away from fallen power lines and broken utility lines.
  • Pay attention to the EAS, NOAA Weather Radio, and local authorities for weather updates and relief efforts.
  • During the clean-up process where thick soled shoes or work boots, long pants, work gloves and appropriate face covering or mask if you plan on cleaning up damage or clearing debris.

If  your home is damaged by a tornado or experience a flood loss, call the restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Marietta West for help. We will extract storm water from your carpet, crawlspace and/or basement. Our team of storm restoration specialists will secure your property with our tarp and boardup services if the structure has been compromised. SERVPRO restoration technicians will mitigate storm damage and quickly and safely dry and restore your property to preloss condition. Call us at (770) 428-5467 for emergency storm cleanup and restoration services or visit www.SERVPROmariettawest.com/storm-flooding-restoration for more information.

SERVPRO of Marietta West is the premier storm restoration company in the Kennesaw or Marietta area. We offer industry leading customer service while adhering to strict industry standards set by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). We are locally owned and operated but have the backing and support of 1,800 franchises, the nation’s largest network of restoration professionals. That means that no matter where you live, there is a SERVPRO nearby that is ready to help make your water or storm damage claim “Like it never even happened.”

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