Rushing back into an area devastated by storms isn’t always the best course of action
Cleveland OH (PRWEB) September 17, 2012
Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water damage repair and restoration in the country, is offering recommendations to property owners on how to properly and safely return to their home or business in the aftermath of a major storm. Severe weather events across the Midwest and hurricanes along the Gulf coast have displaced thousands of residents, and a safe return may often prove problematic.
Rushing back into an area devastated by storms isn’t always the best course of action. Some areas may be sealed off and restricted for a period of several days. Utilities such as water and gas may not be restored for a period of weeks, if not longer. Residents are encouraged to delay their return until the all clear is given by emergency management. This allows for unimpeded access to the damaged area by emergency vehicles, service technicians, and community officials.
When returning, it is important to drive slowly and carefully, looking for debris like tree limbs or downed power lines that could be a potential danger. Clogged drainage pipes may create some localized flooding, and displaced wildlife may present a threat as well. No damaged building should be entered until the structural integrity has been verified. In many cases this will require a professional inspection.
Once residents are home, it is advised to stay indoors and off the streets, as this may be an interference with recovery efforts. It is recommended to use safe food and water and follow any instructions delivered by emergency personnel.
In some areas such as Florida, which is squarely in the eye of multiple major storms every year, evacuation may occur more than once. It becomes important to keep evacuation plans up to date and ready to implement.
Based in Cleveland OH, Restoration Local is one of the leading water and storm damage repair companies in the country, with providers in 30 states and more being added every month. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed.