How to Prepare for Summer Weather Events
Weather conditions can change rapidly. SERVPRO of Germantown/Collierville advises everyone to get prepared BEFORE severe weather conditions arise.
While the weather may be wild, you are not powerless. This summer, prepare for hazards with these simple steps:Do you live in a hurricane evacuation zone? If so, you need to plan on where you and your family would ride out the storm if you are told to evacuate.You may have only minutes to find shelter before a tornado strikes. Practice a family tornado drill at least once a year.Protect yourself from extreme heat by rescheduling outdoor activities to earlier in the day.There is no safe place outside when lightning is in the area. If you hear thunder, you are likely within striking distance of the storm. Just remember, When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors.Stay safe from rip currents and other beach hazards by only swimming at a beach with lifeguards and heed their direction. Learn how to survive a rip current.If you live near wildland areas, make sure your home is Firewise and fire-safe. Also determine evacuation routes from your home. Visit weather.gov or the Fire Weather Outlook to determine if your area is at risk for dangerous fire weather conditions.Whether on foot or in a car, if you encounter flood waters, Turn Around Don’t Drown!Make sure to check the Air Quality Index for your area at http://airnow.gov. If the air quality is poor, avoid prolonged or extreme exertion outdoors.Do you live, work or play on the coast
Be a Force of Nature
Your action can inspire others. Be a Force of Nature and share how you’re working to stay safe from weather and water hazards this summer.Write a post on Facebook. Share with your friends and family the preparedness steps you’re taking to stay safe this summer.Tweet that you’re prepared with #SummerSafety. Tell us what you’re doing to be prepared for summer hazards.Create a Family Communication Plan so that your loved ones know how to get in touch during an emergency. And let your friends know that they should create a plan also.Look for ways to help your town prepare, such as volunteering with the American Red Cross or joining a Community Emergency Response Team.
Our Disaster Recovery Team can provide help when disaster strikes in the form of a tornado, hurricane, or flood. We are prepared to respond to the unpredictable 24 hours a day/365 days a year.
SERVPRO of Germantown/Collierville
Faster to any Disaster
Hot Fun in the Summertime
Summer is usually a time for fun. Anyone who has experienced a heat wave knows that it can zap the fun right out of you. It is important that precautions are taken during hot, sultry weather to protect each other and our furry friends.
If your pets stay outdoors during a heat wave make sure they have adequate cold water and cooler areas of shade. Some businesses go as far as hanging signs reminding pet owners to avoid leaving their furry friends in hot cars. They include flyers of paw prints and warnings of how it takes only an hour for a dog's body organs to start shutting down. For additional tips for what to do if you see a pet in a parked car click here. humanesociety.org
Be sure to keep aware of the elderly who can die from scorching heat that can cause swelling, fainting and cramps. Take walks around the neighborhood later in the evening after the sun goes down, bring along a huge bottle of cold water. Check neighboring homes of the elderly who might not have air conditioning.
SERVPRO cares. Contact dosomething.org/us for additional information on saving lives during a heat wave. Be cool.
SERVPRO of Germantown/Collierville