Storm RecoverySeptember 18, 2019
Massachusetts is known for having a wide range of weather phenomena from blistering hot summer days to sub-zero winter nights. The old saying, “Wait a minute and the weather will change” is one that hardy New Englanders embrace as typical for our region. Storms are also part of the region’s character as well. From nor’easters coming up along the coast, to hurricanes impacting with wind and water, to winter storms that dump several feet of snow across the area, homeowners need to be prepared for all sorts of storm recovery scenarios.
The Storm Threat
Nor’easters and coastal storms have the power to cause widespread devastation and can affect both coastal and inland areas. That is why it is so critical for homeowners in this region to have a plan ready in case Mother Nature hits us with harsh weather again this fall and winter.
According to the MassGov preparedness site, there are many threats from nor’easters and coastal storms including storm surges, high winds, heavy snow, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, rip currents, and beach erosion. Nor’easters can often last several days, affecting multiple tide cycles. Impacts from blizzards (which add wind to the mix) can impact the region for weeks.
Part of being prepared for the potential physical devastation of a storm is knowing what could happen. That means taking into account that storms can: displace people from their homes, knock out power to entire regions, create unsanitary water conditions, and cause widespread panic. To take some of the fear away, homeowners should be prepared in several ways. One of the best ways is to stay on top of the weather reports in your area so you can evacuate if it is deemed necessary. The National Weather Service recommends you have a plan of action mapped out in case you are pressed for time.
Secondly, always have an emergency kit packed away somewhere safe in your home that includes food, water, medical supplies, and a way to communicate with people outside your home or at least listen to a radio for emergency updates. Be ready to spend at least a few days without your usual comforts of home. That means having enough food and water for your family for that time period.
After the Storm
Most people mistakenly believe that after the storm they are in the clear. Even if the immediate danger is over, we suggest that you be wary of drinking unsafe water. Your local authorities will be able to tell you if the water supply has been polluted in any way. We also suggest that you use caution when using generators. The fumes should remain outside of your home and well away from any area where your family could breathe them in. In addition, if you go out after the storm, be careful where you step. Downed wires can cause an electrocution hazard. The best course of action is to stay put and take direction from local authorities.
Recovery From the Storm
Once the area has been deemed safe for movement, you may find that your home has experienced damage whether from high winds. Surging water, or heavy snows. Now is the time to call Pro-Care Disaster Restoration Services to help you start the recovery process. We can help you handle water damage that could cause the growth of mold or destroy your possessions if left unattended for too long. Pro-Care is equipped to handle all water damage situations, regardless of size. We can utilize gale-force fans, dehumidifiers, & extractors, and moisture meters and detectors to help you get back on your feet. We can also board up windows until repairs can be made, store furniture while reconstruction occurs, and help with mold remediation.
The steps you take in the days and weeks after a storm can determine how quickly and completely your family will recover. Let Pro-Care help in this process.