Facing Disasters & Storms in 2019
Over the last few months, we’ve discussed various types of disasters and how to prepare for them. We’ve covered intense Wisconsin storms, fires, and water damage. Recently, we’ve gone through some pretty severe storms. Because of these weather conditions, we would like to touch base with you on what you can do when faced with a disaster.
Be Prepared for Disasters!
Right now, we’re in the peak season for severe weather, so it’s crucial that you know what you’re up against. There are two major things you have to worry about around here: severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. Thunderstorm season typically goes from April to August. We’re also at high-risk for tornadoes—they can happen at any time of the year but are more common between March and July.
If severe weather turns into an emergency where you might go without power or end up being displaced from your home, you should definitely have a 72-hour emergency kit on hand. This kit should contain non-perishable food items, water bottle, cash, and other things you would need in an emergency.
We should all be actively doing everything we can to keep house fires from happening. In most cases, they are very much preventable. Here are three things you can do:
- Check your smoke alarms batteries once a month.
- Change out your HVAC filters.
- Never leave candles or fireplaces unattended.
Other than knowing and taking these preventable steps, you should also know what you should do if a fire ever happens. These are just a few steps of the restorative process you should do in such a situation:
- File your insurance claim ASAP.
- Make a list of all your losses.
- Contact a restoration company.
With extreme weather conditions and even during the process of extinguishing a fire, water damage can occur. Before any of that happens, you should make sure you’re ready. For example, does your renter’s or homeowner’s insurance cover flooding? Discover a few other questions you should ask yourself before experiencing water damage by taking our quiz.
What Weather Conditions Should You Expect in the Near Future?
Although we’re sure to see more severe weather this year, here’s a brief recap of some of the more recent weather conditions we’ve faced thus far as well as insight into what type of weather to expect during this time of year.
Mothership Shelf Clouds
On May 16th, many people from various cities took to social media after an enormous shelf cloud came in and dominated the Wisconsin skies. It later led to severe thunder and rain storms. The Washington Post even wrote an article featuring many of the shelf cloud pictures featured on Twitter.
On May 22nd, strong winds came through north-central and northeast Wisconsin, reaching 50 mph in some areas. According to the Green Bay Press Gazette, these winds led to more than 45,000 people losing power.
On average, we get about 20 tornadoes a year here in Wisconsin. We have yet to experience one this year, but there have certainly been tornado watches and warnings. From May 17-29, there have been 350 tornadoes around the country, most of which have been in the Midwest. To get a better look into Wisconsin tornadoes, take a look at this database provided by the Journal Sentinel.
Call on Kelmann
If you have any questions about what you can do to be more prepared for upcoming disasters or find yourself in need of disaster restoration or emergency services, please don’t hesitate to call. We are here for you!