How to Prepare Yourself for Ohio's Storm Season
Storm season is upon us in Northeast Ohio. In fact, March 21-27, 2021, is Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week.
It’s a reminder that tornado season is near, running from April to June. Now is the time to prepare.
How can you prepare for this year’s Ohio storm season?
We have you covered.
Secure light-weight items
When the weather warms up, we like to beautify our patios and decks with outdoor furniture. But strong winds can scatter your decor across your yard and even down the street. If winds are strong enough, your furniture can become dangerous projectiles.
Here’s an easy fix. Anchor furniture with bungee cords, ropes, ratchet straps, or chains. Cover your furniture with weather-resistant furniture covers. Use sandbags to weigh these items down.
Cover windows and glass doors
Storm shutters and storm doors prevent objects from cracking or shattering your glass doors and windows. If you don’t have storm shutters, you can find security window film at most hardware stores. The film prevents shattering.
And, of course, you can hang plywood sheets.
Inspect your roof
Roofs take a beating throughout the Ohio seasons. Rain, snow, ice, heat, humidity, high winds, and hail. We recommend getting your roof inspected regularly, especially before severe storm season begins in April.
Trim dead limbs
Severe storms often cause dead and weak branches to fall.
Make it part of your normal lawn maintenance to check your trees and large shrubs for low-hanging and dead limbs, especially those near your home and vehicles.
Protect your most precious asset
At SERVPRO we’re confident our services can restore your property. But we can’t restore you.
Do the necessary research, and create a severe weather and tornado plan for your family. Here are three steps to get you started:
- Stay informed
- Designate a safe shelter
- Prepare for long-term sheltering
You can find more information about tornado safety at Weather.gov and Ready.gov.
Be safe and be well!