Disaster Recovery

What You Should Do Before, During and After a Storm

Indeed, summer storms are some of the most unfortunate occurrences all over the country. Its driving rains, hail and high winds can pick up and sweep in with little warning, usually causing so much damage to the home and properties. Read on and know how you can prepare and keep your home and family safe before, during and after a summer storm.

What to Do Before the Storm

  • Ensure your trees and shrubs are healthy and trimmed. Hanging and loose branches can be dangerous in strong winds.
  • Bring your furniture, toys, and garbage cans inside.
  • Make sure that your car is not parked directly underneath trees.
  • Clean your gutters and drain pipes, and position them so that they will carry water away from your home. Clogged gutters and misdirected drains can get water into your basement.


  • Consider having a sump pump installed with battery backup so your basement remains dry, especially if you live in an area that is highly prone to floods.
  • Install lighting rods, as it can save electronic devices, appliances, and prevent your home from catching fire.
  • Have a disaster kit that includes bottled water, non-perishable food, and candles in cases of a power outage.

What to Do During the Summer Storm

  • Lighting can strike up to 10 miles from the rain produced by the storm. If you hear thunder, there is a chance of lighting, so remain inside your home.
  • Stay away from windows and other others glass pieces. Hail can shatter glass which can lead to injuries. Determine a meeting place for the family inside your home should a storm take place.
  • Turn off your televisions, air conditioning systems, and other large electronics. Keep away from the phone until threats of the storm have passed. Lighting can cause very dangerous electricity levels to run through the circuits of your home.
  • If you live in an area that is prone to tornadoes, consider investing in a weather radio that sends warnings of local storms.
  • If there is a tornado warning, the safest areas to be in are the basement or any interior room without windows, like a closet or bathroom.


What to Do After the Summer Storm

  • Look outside your home for projectiles. In wind or hail storms damage in a Bucks County homes, you should easily find companies that do clean-up and repair work. Try calling your insurance adjusters in Philadelphia to give you assistance.
  • Check if any of your plants of trees have made it through the storm and dispose fallen branches according to your city ordinance procedures.
  • Note for downed power lines and call the police immediately. If lines are loose or broken, never attempt to approach it as it can cause electrical shock.

A sturdy home is a safe place to be in during such dangerous storms. Proper preparation and staying calm should also be of big help. Give yourself some much needed peace of mind by getting a property claims adjustment service from a group of adjusters in Philadelphia.

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