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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Storm Damage doesn't always mean high winds, and rain!

2/2/2018 (Permalink)

As you know, winter here in Missouri can be quite unpredictable. We may enjoy milder, fall like temperatures for a couple of days, but before you know it, we are shivering in the snow! Here at SERVPRO of Jefferson City, we understand this, and believe the best defense for your home or business is to be prepared. We are always ready to respond when you find the need arises, however; there are some steps that you can take to prevent or minimize the damage.

Preparedness tips before a severe winter storm

According to SEMA, Missourians can prepare for winter by:

- Creating a family emergency plan, and emergency kit with bottled water, along with canned and dried food that can be prepared without cooking in case of a power outage.

- Add the following supplies to your disaster supply kit: rock salt to melt ice on walkways, sand to improve traction, snow shovels and other snow removal equipment.

- Secure an alternate fuel source such as firewood or a generator. Make sure your fireplace functions properly. If you have a generator, make sure you have fuel and that it functions properly. Only operate the generator outdoors. Keep a fire extinguisher on hand.

-Create a winter car kit in the trunk of your car. This includes: windshield scraper and small broom, flashlight, blanket, spare radio with batteries, snacks or energy type food, water, jumper cables, flares and matches, shovel, sand or shingles to give tires traction, extra hats, socks, and mittens, first aid kit, and fluorescent distress flag.

- Learn WHERE your water shut off valve is located, and HOW to shut off water valves in case a pipe bursts.

Some long term preparations include winterizing your home, barn/shed, or business.  In order to extend the life of your fuel supply, it helps to insulate walls, attics, caulking and weather stripping doors and windows as well as installing storm windows or covering with plastic.  Clear rain gutters, repair roof leaks and cut away tree branches that could fall on the home or other structure during a storm.  Insulate pipes with insulations or newspaper and plastic, and allow faucets to drip a little during cold weather to avoid freezing.  Keep a fire extinguisher on hand, and make sure everyone in the home or office knows how to use it. Fires are a risk during winter weather due to holiday activities as well as using alternate heating sources without taking necessary safety precautions.

What to do if you have unmet needs after a winter storm?

Throughout the "recovery period," SEMA states it is important to monitor local radio or television reports, or other media sources for information on where to go for emergency housing, food, first aid, clothing and financial assistance. SERVPRO partners with the American Red Cross, and can assist with contacting local chapters. If you find yourself with structural damage after the winter weather, such as fire, water damage, or other structural damages, call SERVPRO of Jefferson City. We can help with communicating with your insurance and other service providers, clean up, cleaning and storing items, repairs from fire/water, along with many other services.  Although we are located in Cole County, we cover many surrounding areas as well.  Don't hesitate to call if you have any questions! 573-635-5883, and of course, check us out on our Facebook page!

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