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High Wind Home Protection

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

Damaging winds or “straight-line” winds

These wind types can be classified as those exceeding 50-60mph. Winds of this extremity can occur during a severe thunderstorm or strong weather system. During an especially strong thunderstorm, the winds could exceed a devastating 100mph. These extreme types of winds can blow small to large objects around and cause extensive destruction to anything that lie in their path. If necessary, follow the following tips to prepare and protect yourself from wind damage.

Find shelter. Have an established location in your home that you can take cover in. These shelter locations should be away from any windows or glass doors, preferably in the middle of your home or basement. For those who are living in mobile homes, evacuation is necessary as mobile homes are susceptible to being overturned and punctured by high winds.

Protect your property. If strong winds are near or approaching, move garbage cans, outdoor furniture, grills and any other items that could be potentially dangerous if blown over into your home or garage. Vehicles should be stored in a garage and boats should be docked or tied up securely. 

Power lines. High winds have the potential to lead to fallen power lines. It is extremely important to not try to free lines or remove debris – call and report them.  “Stay Away and Stay Alive.” If you witness or come across someone who may have been shocked do not try to touch them – you could also fall victim to electrocution. Call 911 and get them the right attention as quickly as possible. If for any reason a power line falls onto your car, stay inside the vehicle and do not touch any metal framing inside of your vehicle. It is important to not exit the car unless it catches on fire – if you must do so, do not step out – but rather jump out without touching any metal portions of the interior/exterior.

Driving in high speed winds. If for any reason you are driving through high speed winds, keep both hands on the wheel (wind can jerk and pull your wheel around) and immediately reduce your speed. If winds are severe enough, turn on your hazard lights, pull onto the shoulder of the road, and do not return to driving until the conditions subside.

If your home or business has experienced property damage due to high winds, make sure to call SERVPRO of Bellaire, Kalkaska, Lake City & Grayling and get our specialists on the line. 24/7 Emergency Services and board up services are available to protect your property from further damage and to prevent any secondary damages.

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