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Be Alert for Spring Storms | SERVPRO of Sioux Falls

3/1/2024 (Permalink)

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Even though our winters can often feel like they last forever, spring does eventually arrive. As the temperatures start to improve and the snow starts to melt, storms become more frequent—and more dangerous.

The further into spring we get, the stronger storms can become. Flooding is a common issue, too, especially as more and more snow melts away and heavy rains start to fall. Thunderstorms and high winds can’t be ruled out either.

With such potential for volatile weather, it is crucial that we are prepared for anything. One of the most important parts of being prepared is receiving weather alerts as fast as possible.

The Power of the Internet

In our hyperconnected society, it’s likely that there is a screen near you at all times. That makes our phones, tablets and other internet-based devices the perfect place to get forecasts and weather alerts. There are Wireless Emergency Alerts that will come to your phone for a variety of situations, but you can also opt to download several apps that can send notifications.

When you are choosing an app, make sure it is a nationally recognized organization or a local organization in order to get the most accurate information. Local news stations often have an app you can use to get notifications for more than just weather. Make sure to sign up for the city alerts, too—these can keep you up to date on lots of things going on around town.

If a storm or flood is headed your way, make sure you don’t rely on alerts alone. Watch local news stations so you can stay ahead of evacuation orders and shelters opening as well.

Non-Electronic Options

Our phones, tablets and other devices are great tools for keeping us safe, but they all have batteries that will eventually die. It is important to have another way to receive weather notifications and other alerts that does not require electricity. Storms can quickly knock out power long-term, and you need to stay informed in order to stay safe.

If you can hear the town’s emergency sirens, make sure you know the different sounds they make so that you can respond appropriately and shelter as needed. It is also a good idea to invest in an NOAA weather radio. These are generally run with a hand-crank or with solar-power and can be taken with you wherever you go.

Keep your weather radio on even after a storm has moved away. Severe weather can come in multiple rounds, and you need to be prepared to head back to shelter quickly.

Even when you are ultimately prepared for anything, you may still end up with damage after a flood or severe thunderstorm rolls through town. Call us right away, and we will start your restoration. We are available day or night to get your home put back together fast.

Serious storms can cause serious property damage. Call SERVPRO® 247 for immediate restoration assistance.

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