Restoration Local Offers Tips On Hurricane Preparation

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Hurricane season 2013 is ramping up as it reaches its peak. A water and flood damage expert offers recommendations for securing property and valuables.

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Residents in the path of any major tropical storm or hurricane are advised to secure their property against the elements.

Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water damage repair and flood restoration in the United States, is offering tips to property owners on how to prepare against hurricane threats. This comes as the first hurricane of the 2013 season, Hurricane Humberto, has formed in the Atlantic basin, and tropical storm Gabrielle may affect the US East Coast by week’s end.

Residents in the path of any major tropical storm or hurricane are advised to secure their property against the elements. Doors and windows should be closed and sealed, either with storm doors or through the use of storm shutters designed to protect glass panes from flying debris and high winds.

All loose items outside should be moved indoors or securely fastened down. This includes lawn furniture, grills, waste cans, and propane tanks. Any of these can become airborne if there is sufficient wind, and may cause serious damage or injury.

If evacuation is ordered, comply fully. Shut off gas and water to the property. Lock all doors and windows, and do not return until the all clear has been given by emergency management officials.

There should be a preplanned evacuation route, and that route should be taken sooner rather than later since many evacuations result in clogged traffic arteries. Make sure that an out of state contact has all relevant information such as destination, cell phone numbers, and current whereabouts.

An evacuation bag should be prepared for each family member, with enough clothes, snacks, bottled water, medications, and important documents to sustain an extended stay away from home. Remember that ATM’s and credit card swipes will not function in the event of power outages, so a supply of cash on hand is strongly recommended.

Based in Cleveland OH, RestorationLocal.com is one of the leading water damage restoration companies in the country, with contractors in 30 states. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed. More information on water damage prevention and treatment can be found at their website.

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