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SERVPRO of Wilson County : Storm is Coming and You're Not Home

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

Storm is coming and you’re not home

Wilson County (https://www.SERVPROwilsoncounty.com/)

When you catch wind of a severe storm approaching your home, you need to seek shelter immediately. Of course, the safest place to be when a tornado or hurricane approaches is in a basement or storm shelter underground. But if you are not able to get to a shelter or basement, you need to find shelter that is available. See what measures you should take to protect yourself while away from your home in these two common places during a severe storm.

What to do if You’re at Work or School

If a storm reaches your region during the middle of your work or school day, there are several actions that you can take to protect yourself:

  • Go to the basement or an inside hallway at the lowest level
  • Avoid places with wide-span roofs such as auditoriums, cafeterias, gymnasiums, large hallways or shopping malls
  • Get under a sturdy piece of furniture such as a desk or heavy table.

What to do if you are in your Vehicle

If you haven’t had a chance to make it home yet but are on your way home, then follow these steps to keep yourself safe until the severe storm passes:

  • Never try to outrun a severe storm (especially a hurricane or tornado). Tornadoes can change direction quickly and can instantly lift up a car, truck or any other vehicle and toss it through the air.
  • Get out of the vehicle immediately and take shelter in a nearby building.
  • If there is no time to get indoors, get out of the vehicle and lie in a ditch or low-lying area away from the vehicle.

What to do When you get to your Home

Once the storm passes and you’re able to safely reach your home, do a quick visual inspection from a distance. After you’ve documented any storm damages and notified the appropriate authorities, make sure to get in contact with the experienced team at SERVPRO Wilson County at (615) 449-5000 for a consultation.

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