High-Risk Areas for Storms and Preparation
It’s well-known that some places are at a higher risk than others during a storm. Living
near water or at a low altitude can potentially increase the risk of extreme flooding. Although it
might be more dangerous, these factors should not necessarily prevent you from living where
you want or need to. There are a few steps you can take to prepare your home or business so that
severe damage is less likely.
One resource you can use to see if you’re in a high-risk area is the Storm Prediction
Center. Following this link, you can see areas that are marked as being especially susceptible to
storms in a 30-year period: https://www.spc.noaa.gov/new/SVRclimo/climo.php?parm=anySvr.
Moreover, you can find also check it to see if any more immediate concerns are on the way. This
is a great tool to see how your area might be affected and what you can do to prepare.
While you should evacuate if dangerous weather is coming your way (extreme flooding,
tornadoes, etc.), there are some steps you can take to lower the chances of property damage.
- Have sandbags stored to barricade doors or other possible gaps that water might get
- Build wind-shutters for doors or other protective barricades.
- Clear tree limbs that might break off and cause damage.
- Have an emergency kit on hand. This should include water, non-perishable food, a radio,
flashlight, first aid kit, and a cell phone with a charger.
- Create an emergency plan.
- Make sure you have a good insurance policy.
Taking these measures can help your chances. There’s always the possibility of water and
structural damage, but you can at least give yourself the best odds. Whenever there is damage
though, SERVPRO of Wheeling / Glencoe / Northbrook, (847) 498-8889, is available 24 hours a
day, seven days a week for emergency services.