Hurricane season is approaching and even though we’re in the upstate we feel the effects of the coast. Heavy rains from a thunderstorm can cause flash flooding, and high winds can damage homes and cause severe damage.
The most important part about preparing for storms is educating yourself on what to do before, during and after thunderstorms. Know the difference in a thunderstorm watch and a warning to take the proper precautions.
Severe Thunderstorm Watch: Severe thunderstorms are possible in and near the watch area. Stay informed and be ready to act if a warning is issued.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property.
Learn your local community emergency warning system. It’s best to have plans in place to make sure, in case of an emergency, you are prepared.
Preparing for Thunderstorms:
- Communicate with members in your household or business thunderstorm and lightening safety
- Pick a area in your home of business to gather during a thunderstorm. Make sure this is away from glass windows or glass doorways
- Consider specific needs in your household or business. Age, Disabilities, and/or any pets? If there are animals ensure that outside buildings that protect them are secured
- Put together a kit with necessities in case of an emergency like water, flashlights, portable chargers, a first aid kit and blankets
American Red Cross has a downloadable Emergency app for iPhone and Android that provides weather alerts, map with open Red Cross shelter and an in-app toolkit.
This season, we our community will be ready and prepared thanks to SERVPRO OF East Greenville.