Storm Damage in Shavertown, PA
Summer is Severe Storm Season in NEPA
It's always best to prepare for the worst of storms during the summer. July 2018 turned out to be the fourth wettest month since records began in 1888 and an EF 2 Tornado also tore through a popular shopping plaza in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Both of these situations are exactly why it is important to prepare for storms and know what to do in these situations.
Severe Storm Safety Tips
No matter what part of NEPA you live in, it's always important to keep severe storm safety in mind.
- Always keep a battery-powered radio in your home so that you can tune to radio stations if you lose electricity. Check or change the batteries frequently.
- Keep a supply of candles on hand for power failures.
- As a safety precaution before leaving the house on vacation, unplug all electrical appliances except for those lights connected to automatic timers.
- If you live in a storm-prone area, nail down roof shingles or use adequate adhesive to keep them from blowing off in a violent wind. For roofs with shingles that are not the seal-down type, apply a little dab of roofing cement under each tab.
- Don't go out during a hurricane unless you have to; however, if flooding threatens, seek high ground, and follow the instructions of civil defense personnel.
- When a major storm is imminent, close shutters, board windows, or tape the inside of larger panes with an "X" along the full length of their diagonals. Even a light material like masking tape may give the glass the extra margin of strength it needs to resist cracking.
- When a tornado threatens, leave windows slightly ajar.
- Keep an eye on large trees -- even healthy ones -- that could damage your house if they fall during a storm. Cut them back, if necessary.
- Keep an eye on the sky. If the sky looks threatening, take shelter and don't go outside.
Stay safe this season and always remember our SERVPRO franchise can respond to a storm emergency, 24/7/365 - 570-714-0090.