How to Prepare to Shelter in Place in Case of Severe Weather | SERVPRO of East Cobb County
When severe weather threatens Cobb County, it is often an unpredictable thing. Typically, the timing and the scale of the weather event will be unclear right up until the threat becomes imminent—and by that time, it is too late to get your preparations in order.
That is why it is so important to prepare in advance, so you and your family can know exactly what to do in the event of severe weather.
If severe weather is possible, it is wise to plan to stay at home if you are able to, so you can quickly shelter in place. Having a smart shelter plan can keep you and your family both safe and comfortable until the threat of the storm passes, and we have all the tips you need to know to set yourself up for success.
Preparing to Shelter in Place During Severe Weather
| Have a Designated Storm Shelter Area |
- Having an area in your home that you have designated as a storm shelter is helpful, because when severe weather begins, everyone will know exactly where to go. The best place to shelter from severe weather would be the basement, but if you do not have one, get to the lowest floor possible and put as many walls as you can between you and the external part of the home. Finding an area without a window is a major plus, too.
| Put an emergency kit in your storm shelter area |
- Because storms can last for quite some time, having a well-stocked emergency kit can keep everyone safe and comfortable. A weather radio is a must for getting updates, while flashlights and batteries will allow you to see even if the power goes out. Food and water will keep anyone from having to exit the storm shelter area while severe weather is still happening, and a first-aid kit is key in case of injuries.
| Have Multiple Ways to Get Alerts |
- For most of us, our cell phones are our primary method of getting weather updates, but during severe weather events, signal strength can be unreliable. Make sure you have multiple ways to get Cobb County weather alerts, such as cell phones, a weather radio and a local news station, so you can know when it is safe to leave your shelter.
*If your home has been damaged due to severe weather or flooding, you can count on SERVPRO of East Cobb. We are here to help 24-hours a day 7 days a week and offer emergency water restoration and cleanup services. Contact us today at (770) 424-0400 or visit www.SERVPROeastcobbga.com to learn more about our residential and commercial storm and flood damage cleanup and restoration services.