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Disabilities and Disasters for West El Paso Residents

8/18/2020 (Permalink)

Many storm surges, earthquakes, fires, and other disasters can happen at a moment’s notice. Keeping your family safe during stressful disasters is a priority and every family should have a plan in place. Mobility, hearing, learning, or seeing disabilities can cause certain families to create extra precautions. Families, individuals with disabilities, and caregivers can all benefit from the below tips on how to stay safe during a West El Paso storm.

Stay Informed

Identifying common disasters in your area and learning how medical, physical, and cognitive needs may affect you or your family member’s ability to respond to each is the first step to disaster preparedness. Take time to learn about your community’s plans for dealing with disasters and sign up for warning and alerts to remain notified at all times.

Preparing

The main factors you or your family should be aware of is who you can count on, where you can go, and what to bring. By creating a personal network of people who are able to help you during a disaster and ways to contact them if communication becomes disrupted can put you at ease.

If evacuation is needed be sure there is a safe space you can go to, and how you can get there if you need specialized transportation. By putting all prescriptions and important documents in an easily accessible place makes grabbing and going more efficient in case of an evacuation. If you have medical equipment make sure where you plan to go you can bring the equipment with you. If not, where can you keep this equipment in the interim so it does not get damaged?

Besides your prescriptions, documents, and equipment, other items to keep in your emergency kit can be: 

  • Flashlight
  • Radio
  • Water
  • First aid kit
  • Non-perishable foods
  • Cash
  • Batteries

If you have a service animal make a separate kit for them including: 

  • Minimum 72-hour supply of bottled water and pet food
  • Portable water and food bowls
  • Paper towels 
  • Medications and veterinarian info
  • Medical records 
  • Leash and collar
  • Blanket and toy
  • Plastic bags
  • Bandages
  • Up-to-date ID tag and recent photo 
  • Copy of the pet’s license

Last but not least, practice your emergency plan. Make sure you know exactly what to do and where to go in the event of an emergency. As always, SERVPRO® of West El Paso is here to assist with any emergency needs in your home 24/7/365. 

Take Shelter if a Summer Storm Catches You Off-Guard | SERVPRO® of West El Paso

7/16/2020 (Permalink)

lighting striking hillside during storm at night Have you been affected by a storm event? SERVPRO of West El Paso is available 24/7 and ready to assist you with any storm damage.

Enjoying a beautiful summer day outside is a great way to spend an afternoon, but it is important that you are always aware of the dangers that a thunderstorm can lead to. While that may be the furthest thing from your mind on a clear day, storms can feed off of the heat and humidity synonymous with summer, popping up suddenly and causing danger.

These tips can help you stay safe even if a storm catches you off-guard.

Stay Safe Even if a Storm Catches You Off-Guard

Know your options for shelter. When a storm is heading your way and you are safely at home or in another secure location, you can wait out the danger in an ideal way. However, not every situation will work out this way, so it is important to know how to safely take shelter in your vehicle as well, just in case.

Practice electrical safety. There is always a possibility that lightning will strike the ground if thunder is in the area. Even if you are in a building, lightning can pose risks due to power surges, which ruin electronics and can cause sparks. The best thing to do is unplug everything that is nearby if you know a storm is coming—but if not, installing surge protectors at home and at the office is a good permanent solution.

Avoid direct contact with concrete. It is commonly assumed that a concrete structure will be your best bet for a storm shelter, but it is important to take precautions even then. Concrete will often be reinforced with metal materials, making it sturdy yet hazardous if lightning strikes. If you are sheltering in a concrete building, avoid directly touching floors or walls so you do not receive any electrical charge.

Stay indoors for at least 30 minutes. If you have been interrupted by a storm as you go about your day, you will understandably want to get back to what you were doing as quickly as possible—but because of how far lightning has been known to travel from storm clouds, it is recommended that you put a pause on all outdoor activities for at least 30 minutes after you hear the last clap of thunder.

If your home sustains damage due to a storm, you can count on us to help. Contact us at any hour to learn more about our storm restoration process.

Being Weather Alert and Prepared for Severe Storms | SERVPRO® of West El Paso

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

person on a white tablet using weather alert app If your home has been impacted by storm damage, SERVPRO of West El Paso will respond quickly to assist in any repairs.

While storms happen quite frequently across the globe, the dangers they can cause is something we should always be aware of. Storms that carry an electrical charge (characterized by thunder and lightning) can bring severe damages to areas in their pathway.

It is important that you are prepared ahead of time for severe storms by researching the definition of weather notices, obtaining emergency equipment and getting a reliable source of weather information to make sure you are always informed and as prepared as possible.

Research the Definition of Weather Notices

Paying attention to your local weather notices is always a good idea for staying informed, but when it comes to the alerts issued regarding severe weather, you should be certain you know what they mean. There is a difference between a watch and a warning, and reacting properly to each is a key part of staying safe. Watches mean to stay alert and tuned in, as the conditions are favorable for a storm to develop. When a warning is issued, you should seek cover immediately as there is a storm on the ground that is actively impacting the area.

Obtain Emergency Equipment

It is always a good idea to make sure you have emergency equipment in your home, especially if you may find yourself in the path of severe weather. Flashlights, extra power sources, nonperishable food and plenty of water are all good things to keep, in addition to a first-aid kit. These should be stored wherever your home’s safest area is—generally a spot away from windows with few external walls.

Get a Reliable Source of Weather Information

For most of us, we depend on our cell phones to keep us informed about nearly everything happening, but during a severe weather event, you should make sure you have another way to receive information. Cell phone reception can be knocked out, as can power, making phones less than reliable when it comes to getting pertinent updates. Consider keeping a weather radio in your emergency kit so you can always be informed.

If your home has been impacted by storm damage, we are here for you. You can contact us 247 to get a quick response to your home’s damages.