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Southern Trust can help prepare Roanoke residents for disaster

by ripleypr on September 12, 2017

Severe weather brings concern inland

We’ve already seen two major hurricanes make landfall in the U.S. so far this hurricane season, and it lasts through Nov. 1.

We put together a primer on disaster preparedness that was picked up by multiple media outlets. While hurricanes generally don’t intrude inland all the way to the Roanoke area, tropical remnants can be devastating, as well, and Roanoke has its own share of disaster concerns.

This information might keep your home and property safe!

The theme for this year’s National Preparedness Month is, “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.” Southern Trust Home Services, southern Virginia’s leading HVAC, plumbing and electrical provider for more than 20 years, shares tips on how homeowners can be best prepared for emergencies.

Southern Trust knows disasters can strike at a moment’s notice so they dedicate open call lines 24/7 with on-call technicians and pre-stocked emergency response vehicles ready to assist in any emergency.

“There is nothing more important than being prepared,” said Ted Puzio, owner of Southern Trust Home Services. “It’s no secret we’ve had our fair share of emergencies, especially with the flood back in 2015. I encourage all Roanoke homeowners and residents to take some time to plan ahead. It could save a lot of time and money down the road.”

The Southern Trust team offers the following tips on how to prepare for emergencies:

  1. Know what type of disasters to expect – Roanoke can see a variety of weather extremes. Snowstorms and flooding occur most often and can cause major damage to homes. Southern Trust offers an array of plumbing and heating service to get homes ready for any extreme. Talk to a service expert about how to prevent basement flooding or how to repair and install state-of-the-art heating units to keep your home warm during a snowstorm.
  2. Stay up-to-date on home inspections – Our employees are certified, licensed and insured to perform full electrical home inspections to guarantee homeowner safety. A licensed professional will verify all circuits, panels and wiring are operating safely and code compliant with the National Electric Code.
  3. Stay informed of nearby shelters and evacuation routes – Evacuation could be caused by rain, snow, hurricanes and tornadoes. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management provides a list of all resources needed for seeking shelter and evacuation, including zone maps, evacuation routes, emergency supply kit lists, potential threats and how to handle them, and much more.
  4. Talk to your family – Being a family owned and operated business, Puzio says Southern Trust emphasizes the value of family and works hard to treat every customer like family. The U.S. government provides a free family communication guide to ensure there is a plan of action in case of an emergency.

For more information on how Southern Trust Home Services can assist in home readiness, please call 540-685-0106 or visit For more information about National Preparedness Month, visit

About Southern Trust Home Services
Founded in 1995 as Southern State Electric, Southern Trust Home Services provides residential plumbing, electrical and HVAC services, including 24/7 emergency repairs, to homeowners in more than 60 cities throughout southern VirginiaRoanoke’s first to offer a lifetime guarantee on all recommended repairs, Southern Trust Home Services staffs dedicated, certified, licensed and insured, drug and criminal background checked technicians who provide timely, same-day services for a variety of home repairs, installations and maintenance. A Better Business Bureau accredited company since 2006, Southern Trust Home Services has financing available including 0 percent for 18 months, and Lifetime Repair Guarantee on stated repairs. To find out more, call 540-343-4348 or visit