Storm safety tips prevent property damage

Spring is here on March 20 and the season can bring severe weather causing serious damage with dangerous conditions from hail to high winds, from flooding to tornadoes, and the potential for storms that cause destruction to homes and businesses in minutes. Paul Davis Restoration and Remodeling of Southeast and Fox Valley, Wisconsin, a leading provider of fire and water damage clean up and restoration services, provides vital information and safety tips to protect family, friends, and property.

According to Paul Davis, a disaster plan and basic emergency kit should be in place before a severe storm strikes. A plan should include where to assemble in the structure when the storm hits (i.e., sturdy interior room or basement) and the nearest designated storm shelter if there is time to evacuate.

The Basic Emergency Kit should include:

Water – one gallon of water per person and pets per day for at least three days.

Food – at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food for adults, children, babies and pets, along with a can opener.

Battery-powered or hand crank commercial radio and a NOAA Weather Radio.

Cell Phone with charger.


First aid kit – sterile dressings; antibiotic ointment; scissors; thermometer; non-prescription drugs such as pain relievers; prescription medications and supplies.

Copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in waterproof container.

Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person.

Fire Extinguisher

Below are some valuable tips for protecting your prop- erty from severe weather.

Secure major appliances to the wall studs or foundation of your home using “L” brackets.

Inspect your roof and repair any loose shingles to prevent leakage from water and winds, and remove debris.

Repair siding, awnings, gutters, downspouts and brackets if loose or damaged.

Clear yard of loose articles and debris. Keep yard tools, patio furniture, grills, garbage cans and toys stored when not in use.

Trim trees and shrubs to prevent branches from breaking off during high winds.

If damage to your home or business is significant, contact a properly licensed professional or company in the property loss restoration and emergency mitigation service industry. Look for certifications from The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).

For more than 50 years, Paul Davis has restored residential and commercial properties damaged by fire, water, mold, storms and disasters.

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