RestorationLocal.com Recommends Using Google Public Alerts to Stay Aware of Severe Weather

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Newest Google innovation allows users to be alert and informed about rapidly changing severe weather conditions, cutting down on unexpected water damage problems.

By increasing the amount of information available and having it instantly accessible through a service already widely used (Google Maps), the window of warning should be increased.

RestorationLocal.com, one of the leading water damage restoration service providers in the country, has long advised property owners to be aware of rapidly changing weather conditions. A new tool for this purpose is now available, with Google announcing the launch of Google Public Alerts, a service designed to proved severe weather alerts through Google Maps.

Public Alerts taps into data provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Weather Service, and the U.S. Geological Survey to provide a comprehensive, detailed listing of severe weather events from across the country.

A visit to the Public Alerts page will provide an index of all available alerts, with the ability to narrow your search by entering the name of a city in the search window. Clicking on a particular alert will provide detailed information and details.

Currently, there are flood warnings in effect for Dallas, TX, and a click on that particular alert provides info on the severity of the flooding, affected areas, how high the waters are, and how long the problem is expected to last. It also details exactly what a flood warning is, along with links to other pages of interest, including what to do in the event of a flood and in the immediate aftermath.

RestorationLocal.com encourages the use of any tool that allows property owners to be forewarned in the event of severe weather, especially flash flooding. While it is always preferable to have time to properly prepare a property against severe weather, flash floods generally offer the smallest window of warning. In some cases, people may only have a few minutes warning to prepare for a flash flood, barely enough time to evacuate safely.

By increasing the amount of information available and having it instantly accessible through a service already widely used (Google Maps), the window of warning should be increased to allow property owners time to make proper arrangements in anticipation of severe weather.

Based in Cleveland, OH, RestorationLocal.com is one of the country’s leading water restoration companies, with service in more than 30 states and more being added every week. All providers are Clean Trust and RIA certified, available 24/7, and offering same day emergency service.

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