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Severe Weather Safety Tips

5/16/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Severe Weather Safety Tips If you experience damage from a storm, SERVPRO of Grosse Pointe will be there to help clean it up and get your home or business back together!

Severe Weather Safety Tips

By: Paul Gross, Local 4 Meteorologist


Tornado Watch vs. Warning

First, it surprises me how many people still get confused between a WATCH and a WARNING.

A WATCH means that severe weather is possible. Use this advanced notice to plan, as the potential storms could still be hours away.

A WARNING means that severe weather is happening right now. A lot of people don’t take Severe Thunderstorm Warnings seriously: To them, if it’s not a tornado, it’s not dangerous, and that couldn’t be any further from the truth. Some high-end severe thunderstorms generate wind as strong as a tornado -- the only difference is that this wind is blowing in a straight line, and not rotating.  A Tornado Warning means that either somebody has visually confirmed a tornado, or Doppler radar is showing strong indication that a tornado may be developing. You need to take cover immediately.

Where do I take cover?

The rules about where to protect yourself from a tornado are actually quite simple.

·         First, don’t delay!  A number of years ago I did a story about two women in Novi (one visiting the other) who grabbed their children and rushed down the basement as a tornado approached.  It hit the house and severely damaged it only thirty seconds after they got down there, and they didn’t suffer as much as a scratch.  Seconds really do make a difference in some cases.

·         Second, stay away from windows! Your parents or grandparents (or maybe you) were told many years ago to open windows when a tornado threatens. That is not only wrong, but actually makes things even worse.  Furthermore, windows offer you no protection from wind-whipped debris (more on this in a moment).

·         Third, if you have access to a basement, seek shelter down there, and further protect yourself by getting under a table or going into a small room if one’s available.

Finally, if the building you’re in does not have a basement, then get into a small interior room on the lowest floor, such as a bathroom, closest, or pantry. The reason you want to be in or near the center of the building is that this puts some walls between you and the tornado, which protects you from flying debris.

Remember: Most people who are hurt or killed by tornadoes are hit by airborne debris so, the more walls between you and the tornado, the better.

Dispelling some myths

There are so many myths about tornadoes that I don’t have time to discuss them all. The easiest thing to remember is that tornadoes don’t follow any rules. Some people think that tornadoes cannot cross a lake or river. That’s wrong. Some people think that tornadoes always travel in a straight line. Not only is this wrong, but three very responsible research scientists gathering data near the El Reno, Oklahoma tornado on May 31, 2013 lost their lives when the twister suddenly turned north, made a loop, and rapidly expanded to 2.6 miles wide.  Always remember that twisters can be very erratic and, even if you see one that doesn’t appear to be moving your way, it could change course.

Another myth is that twisters always look like a big, black funnel. That’s wrong. Some tornadoes are long and skinny. Others are a thick tube extending down from the cloud base. And some are white! That’s right, white.  And some people think that tornadoes don’t happen at night or early in the morning. Wrong again. Two of our biggest tornado outbreaks in the past 15 years occurred late at night -- those of you in Dundee will certainly attest to this. In fact, just this past Nov. 6, a small, weak tornado touched down at 7:20 a.m. just east of Yale, in St. Clair County.

NOAA Weather Radio

Everybody should have a NOAA Weather Radio. My friend, Bruce Jones, at Midland Radio sums it up best: 

"Weather radios are like smoke detectors for weather. They sit in the corner of the room silently, and don’t sound an alarm until you really need it.”

This year, Local 4 will once again conduct a NOAA Weather Radio campaign, and you’ll have the ability to purchase one at a significantly discounted price either at Meijer or ABC Warehouse. Since we began this campaign five years ago, well over 40,000 weather radios have been purchased. I’ll let you know the details the moment I have our special campaign dates.

My No. 1 Safety Tip

My No. 1 safety tip doesn’t involve tornadoes. Let me ask you a question: Have you ever been outside doing some yard work or otherwise enjoying a warm summer day, a storm is approaching, and you don’t rush inside until those first big drops start falling?

Yes, you have. Everybody has done it. And that decision could be a deadly one. When a severe storm with damaging wind approaches, the strongest, most dangerous wind gust normally rushes out AHEAD of the storm, and hits before the rain begins. Do NOT wait for the rain if you’re outside and severe storms are on the horizon -- you could suddenly be caught outside in the middle of trees and limbs coming down around you as a screaming wind develops with almost no notice.

Furthermore, if you see ANY lightning or hear ANY thunder, no matter how distant it is, then lightning is close enough to strike you. You need to get inside as soon as you see lighting or hear thunder. The official rule for safely resuming outdoor activities is only after 30 minutes go by with no more lightning or thunder.

Here are the Top 4 Severe Weather Safety Tips

1. A WATCH means severe weather is possible. A WARNING means it’s happening right now.

2. If you see lightning or hear thunder, no matter how distant it appears, lightning is close enough to strike you.

3. Seek shelter from a tornado in a basement, or in a small interior room on the building’s lowest floor if there’s no basement.

4. Don’t wait for the rain to head inside. A severe storm’s most dangerous wind gust rushes out ahead of the storm, usually before the rain.

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Grosse Pointe Farms Disaster Restoration: A Brief Overview

9/2/2015 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Grosse Pointe Farms Disaster Restoration: A Brief Overview Restoring storm- and flood-damaged properties is the cornerstone of SERVPRO's business.

Disaster Restoration: A Brief Overview

Unfortunately, disasters can happen quickly and without warning. In the face of a catastrophe, many homeowners find themselves overwhelmed with the reality of putting a restoration plan in effect. In many cases, homeowners attempt to handle these processes on their own. However, it is always prudent to seek out professional assistance when you're ready to begin the remediation process. Learn more about the Grosse Pointe Farms disaster restoration process and why seeking remediation services from a team of trained professionals is advantageous by reviewing the following outline:

Disaster Restoration: A Brief Overview
While some people believe Grosse Pointe Farms disaster restoration is as easy as picking damaged items off the ground and putting them back in their place, the process is not so simple. In fact, disaster restoration is a complex process that requires safety precautions, technical expertise, and patience. It also necessitates that one understand how professionals safely sanitize dangerous regions of the house, so they no longer pose health risks or safety issues to house residents. To restore a home following a disaster, experts are able to identify hazards and use safety gear efficiently. Additionally, you must be able to determine which personal possessions are salvageable and which are not.

Following a fire, your air may remain contaminated with carbon monoxide for a few hours or even several days. If you attempt to reenter your home while these dangerous toxins are present, you could risk damage to your respiratory system and lungs. This is one reason why hiring a team of professional remediation specialists is important. These individuals have the proper breathing apparatuses and safety gear necessary to effectively remove and dispose of unstable surfaces and hazardous materials.

Disaster Restoration And Water Issues
Floods and fires involve water and can thereby precipitate the onset of damage from toxic mold. The regions of the home that have been impacted by water or water damage need to dry uncovered to prevent the accumulation of mold. Standing water will also need to be removed to prevent mold and insect growth.

Although you may be tempted to handle the Grosse Pointe Farms disaster restoration process yourself, doing so can pose many health risks and safety issues. Instead of taking these risks, call a team of professional restoration experts who possess the knowledge and experience necessary to get the job done fast and well. The best company to call is SERVPRO. In addition to being licensed by The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, SERVPRO professionals are passionate about offering excellent customer service and expediting the remediation process. Call us today so we can expedite and optimize your disaster restoration process!

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As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Grosse Pointe is strategically located to respond quickly to your water or flood damage event. When a major storm or flood event occurs, we can call upon our national network of 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel.

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