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September is National Preparedness Month; Are You Ready?

by ripleypr on September 6, 2016

September is National Preparedness Month, and the experts at Southern Trust Home Services in Roanoke, VA want to give area homeowners and businesses some helpful tips to make sure they are prepared for a weather emergency or unusual weather occurrence.

There are many weather-related issues that we all need to be aware of and prepare for, even in the Virginia area. Here are some precautions everyone can take to prepare well before a dangerous weather event:

Hurricane or tornado preparation
While Virginia rarely gets hurricanes or tornadoes, they can happen. Always have an emergency kit ready with a hand-crank radio in case electricity goes out, water and food for three days, batteries and flashlights. If it looks like a hurricane is coming your way, keep the National Hurricane Center website up on your computer for updates. If you must evacuate, prepare your home or business beforehand by shuttering windows, securing outdoor objects, sealing any cracks in outdoor surfaces and removing dead or dangerous trees.

Wildfire preparation
Fires can happen due to lightning or through accidental actions anywhere there has been a drought or where there is dry brush. Always clear dry leaves and combustible material well away from building foundations to prevent additional damage to a structure. Make sure dead limbs are removed from trees, and none overhang onto the roof of your home or business. Be sure the fire hydrants are visible and clearly marked in case fire fighters need access. Have a plan for evacuation and practice it, especially if you have children.

Flood preparation
Floods often happen suddenly and with little warning, so preparing can be something homeowners and businesses can do as a regular maintenance practice. First, find out if your home or business is in a flood zone by checking the Federal Emergency Management Agency Flood Map (FEMA) website. Then check your insurance policy to see if you have flood insurance or if you think you’ll need to consider it. Next, if you have a basement, consider a sump pump to remove water that could pool in the basement during a heavy rain or flood. Make sure your home is sealed and as water-tight as possible to prevent water penetration.

If you have questions about your home’s plumbing, electrical or HVAC contact the Southern Trust experts today at 540-685-0106 to schedule an appointment. Our team can also perform an electrical Home Safety Inspection of your Roanoke home for your peace of mind.