Preparation is Key for Severe Weather in Allendale, MI
Severe weather can be terrifying. Preparation is key to staying safe and minimizing impacts in your Allendale home. The following are tips from the National Weather Service to make sure you are prepared when the next weather weather hits:
- Be Weather-Ready: Check the forecast regularly to see if you're at risk for severe weather. Listen to local news to stay informed about severe thunderstorm watches and warnings.
- Sign Up for Notifications: Know how your community sends warning. Some communities have outdoor sirens while others depend on media and smart phones to alert residents of severe storms.
- Create a Communications Plan: Have a family plan that includes an emergency meeting place and other pertinent information. Pick a safe room in your home such as a basement, storm cellar, or an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows.
- Practice Your Plan: Conduct a family severe weather drill regularly so everyone knows what to do if a damaging wind, large hail, or tornado is approaching. Make sure all members of your family know to go to the meeting place when severe warnings are issued and don't forget pets if time allows.
- Prepare Your Home: Keep trees and branches trimmed near your house. If you have time before severe weather hits, secure loose objects, closed windows and doors, and move any valuable items inside or under a sturdy structure.
- Help Your Neighbor: Encourage your loved ones to prepare for weather weather. Take CPR training so you can help if someone is hurt during a severe weather event.
Has your home been affected by storm damage? SERVPRO of Holland/West Ottawa County is Here to Help, 616-396-8180