2016 Hurricane Preparedness Expo in Gulf Shores, AL
Yesterday, we participated in the 2016 Hurricane Preparedness Expo in Gulf Shores, AL put on by the City of Gulf Shores. If you weren't able to make it, take a look at some of our tips below:
Prepare your home:
- Cover all of your home's windows with precut plywood or hurricane shutters to protect your windows from high winds.
- Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.
- Keep all tree and shrubs will trimmed so they are more wind resistant.
- Turn off utilities as instructed. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator thermostat to its coldest setting and keep its doors closed.
- Turn off propane tanks.
- Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purposes such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water.
Prepare your business:
- Carefully assess how your company functions, both internally and externally, to determine which staff, materials, procedures and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep the business operating.
- Identify operations critical to survival and recovery.
- Plan what you will do if your building is not accessible.
- Consider if you can run the business from a different location or from your home.
- Develop relationships with other companies to use their facilities in case a disaster makes your location unstable.
- Ask your local SERVPRO representative about setting up your free ERP (Emergency Ready Plan)
We hope you are able to use these tips in the event of a disaster; however, we know that some times, weather can take us by surprise. If you aren't able to prepare, please remember that as your local SERVPRO, we are "Ready for whatever happens." When the storm is a major event, you need more comprehensive restoration support. SERVPRO knows fast mitigation is the key. SERVPRO is faster to any size diaster and can be on-site within a few hours to help reduce the future damage water can cause. We have the right equipment, procedures and training to help ensure the structure is dry the first time, saving you time and money. When the storm rolls out, we roll in.