Winter is well underway in Westchester and Fairfield Counties. With low temperatures and precipitation in the forecast, now’s the time to brush up on extreme weather preparation. Start by winterizing your home and vehicles as soon as possible. Make sure your roof can keep you dry and leak free for another season. Next, make an emergency plan, collect supplies and sign up for an emergency alert system. Stay inside once extreme weather begins and only use your vehicle if absolutely necessary. For more information, follow our tips below.
Create an emergency kit with everything you need to live in your home without power for multiple days. Collect medication, food, fire wood and water. Don’t forget to keep phones charged and extra batteries on hand for a radio. Communicate with your household about an emergency plan. Agree on a meeting place if an emergency does occur and go over escape routes.
Make sure your home is winter ready. Weatherproof windows and doors, replace batteries in detectors and take ice dam preventative measures. Furthermore, inspect your roof. It’s imperative to fix damage such as missing shingles before extreme weather hits. If you use a wood burning fireplace or stove, have it cleaned and ready for use.
Once inclement weather is near, sign up for emergency alert systems available in your area. Pay attention to the news and learn how to spot hypothermia and frostbite. It’s also useful to have an emergency out of town contact that can be of assistance. Depending on the weather conditions, you may need to evacuate.
Unless you absolutely have to, driving is not recommended. If you do, make sure your car is winterized by replenishing antifreeze, using snow tires or chains and keeping an emergency kit in your vehicle. It’s always a good idea to keep your gas tank filled just in case.
The best place to be during extreme cold weather is indoors. Stay inside your home with windows and doors shut, heat on and emergency supplies within reach. Wear layers of breathable, moisture resistant clothing. Don’t forget to bring in your four-legged family members as well!
After Extreme Weather:
Stay in your home tuned into the emergency alert system. Wait until extreme weather warnings have been lifted. Once the weather has improved enough to venture outside, use caution. Power lines, trees or other infrastructure may be damaged. In addition, make sure you don’t injure yourself while shoveling driveways or cleaning up the aftermath.
If you experience property damage from extreme cold or snow, ServiceMaster Superior Cleaning and Restoration Services is available 24/7 for emergency restoration services. You can expect us to work quickly to return your home back to normal. Our technicians understand the importance of each project. We make sure your questions are answered and you feel reassured about the entire restoration process. Our team takes every opportunity to make positive, lasting impression for our customers in Westchester and Fairfield Counties. Contact us today.
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