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Easy Ways to be Better Prepared for a Tornado

There are steps you can take to become more familiar with tornadoes and how to be prepared for one. Here are a few easy things that you can do today to become better acquainted: Know the signs: Do you know if your area is prone to tornadoes? Typically, the Midwest and Southeast regions have tornadoes more often, however, tornadoes have… Continue reading

What We Learned from 2017’s Biggest Storms

2017 saw an increase in major hurricanes. Twenty hurricanes surged through the Atlantic, and six of them were classified as Category 3 or higher. With this sudden rise in major storms, many families are wondering what they can do to prepare for 2018’s storm season. Here are some of the most important lessons we learned from 2017’s tumultuous hurricane season:… Continue reading

Providing Better Patient Care During Natural Disasters

When a flash flood or storm leaves local communities flooded, caring for patients can be very challenging, even for well-equipped hospitals. The number of people seeking shelter and medical attention can seem overwhelming at first, but there are several things physicians and other health professionals can do to cut down on the chaos. Here are just a few: Plan ahead.… Continue reading

Assessing Your Property for Storm Damage Restoration

Post-Storm Damage Assessment After a storm has rolled through the area, your priority is getting your home or business back to the way it was. Storm damage restoration begins with an assessment. First, no matter how small the storm is, take a look at the outside of your property and catalog the results. You want to be sure you know… Continue reading

Flash Flood Season: What You Should Know

While flash floods can occur with little to no warning, they most commonly happen between spring and fall. However, depending on your geographic location, these times can vary. Here are some location-specific tidbits for homeowners to stay on top of natural disasters and potential flash flood threats. Coastal Areas Though they have a reputation for being hot and sunny, states… Continue reading

How to Spot Hazardous Trees on a Property

How To Spot Hazardous Trees on your Property

Leaning – Most trees will lean a little bit, but sometimes trees lean because of poor weight distribution or root damage. If your tree looks like it is leaning a little more than usual, check the base of the tree. If you see cracked or heaving soil on the opposite side of the lean or exposed roots around the bottom,… Continue reading

How to Tell if a Hospital has a Moisture Problem

Standing Water – Standing water is a visible sign of a moisture problem. If you notice standing water in the building, it can be a sign of plumbing leaks. Make sure standing water is cleaned up within 48 hours to prevent extensive water damage. Mold – Another major red flag is the visible growth of mold. Mold thrives in damp… Continue reading

6 Tornado Safety Tips

Find a Safe Place – The first thing you need to do when you hear that tornado siren is get to a safe area. If you are in a mobile facility, go to a sturdy building or storm shelter nearby. If you cannot get to a building, do not attempt to drive away; find a ditch, get down in it… Continue reading

What to Do When a Basement Floods

Examine the Exterior – A flooded basement can be a sign of structural damage to the exterior of your property. Look for signs of deterioration. Do not enter your basement if the exterior appears structurally unsound, as it can be extremely dangerous. Turn off Utilities – Before entering your basement, turn off your electricity and gas. Water is a conductor,… Continue reading

What to do After a Fire

Things to do after a house fire

Make Some Phone Calls – Assuming first responders have already been called and are working on putting out the fire, the first thing you need to do is contact family members. Give them any necessary information, including updates on your safety. Next, call your insurance provider. It is important to get in touch with the insurance company as soon as… Continue reading