How to Prepare for the Worst Storms Wisconsin Has to Throw at You

Driving in the winter storm

We’ve seen a lot of crazy storms here in Wisconsin. If you’re new to living in this state, all our storms can be a lot to handle. To help you, we’ve laid out four basic steps for you to follow in the event of a major storm.

1. Know What You’re Facing

In Wisconsin, we are no stranger to Natural Disasters. We have been known to experience severe flooding, thunderstorms, blizzards, and—hopefully this is not your first time hearing about this—tornadoes. Don’t worry, these events don’t happen all at once and come in their own season. Here are four different types of extreme weather that we experience.

  1. Severe Thunderstorms: These can happen at any time of the year but the peak season for them is between April and August.
  2. Flooding: Flash Floods are more likely to occur as the result of a severe thunderstorm, so be on guard for these during the April-August thunderstorm season.
  3. Blizzards: These typically only happen in winter and often happen during the November to March snowfall season.
  4. Tornadoes: These are more likely to happen between March and July but can happen throughout the year.

2. Keep Your Home from Freezing Up

Winter can be quite consequential, and so it’s very important to know how to handle our extremely cold Wisconsin weather. One of the worst things that could happen is for your pipes to freeze up. That can lead to burst pipes and your inability to use your water. To prevent that, take these points from our infographic into consideration:

  • Know where your water shut off is so you can turn off your water system if
  • Turn off and drain your sprinkler system.
  • Don’t let the temperature to go below 55 degrees.

3. Have an Emergency Kit Ready

Every year, hundreds of people are displaced from their homes because of major storms across the US. To ease a potential bur, it would be a good idea for you and your family to put together 72-hour emergency preparedness kits and keep them where they can be easily accessed at a moment’s notice. Here are some things you might want to consider putting in your kits.

  • Non-perishable food items (enough for you to eat lightly for a period of 72 hours)
  • Water bottles
  • A first-aid kit
  • Medication that you regularly use
  • A flashlight
  • Small entertainment items (like a deck of cards or a child’s toy)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Cash (keep it in a water-proof pouch)
  • An emergency blanket
  • A change of clothes

4. Know How to Respond to Disaster-Related Stress Appropriately

Big storms can lead to disastrous results. Feeling stressed because of such an event is pretty common and, even, reasonable. You need to learn to recognize the emotional signs of stress and seek help. Here are a few other things you should consider doing:

  • Keep to a routine.
  • Look into therapeutic services.
  • Limit demanding responsibilities by outsourcing to professionals.

Call on Kelmann

At Kelmann Restoration, we understand storm damage and will work hard to get your home back to its pre-storm condition. If your home has been affected by water damage, fire, mold, or anything else that has caused your home to be in need of our renovation services, we will be there for you.

Call Kelmann Restoration Today

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