Severe Weather Safety
Severe weather happens any time, anywhere. Every single year the US averages 10,000 severe thunderstorms, 5,000 floods or flash floods, 1,300 tornadoes, and 2 land falling deadly hurricanes.
about 98% of all providentially declared disasters are weather related, leading to approximately 650 deaths per year and nearly $15 billion in damage. There are a few steps you can take to better prepare yourself for disasters and possibly save your life or the lives of others.
- Know Your Risks. First step to being weather ready is to understandthe type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather can impact you, your business, and your family. Check the forecast regularly, get a NOAA Weather Radio, and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts. There are many forms of severe weather and your shelter plans should include all types of local hazards.
- Take Action. Take the next step in severe weather preparedness by creating a communications plan for your home and business. Put together or purchase an emergency kit. Keep important papers and valuables in a safe place.
Be an Example. Once you've taken action to prepare for severe weather, share your story with friends and family, coworkers, on your social media accounts. Your time and effort to be prepared will be an inspiration to others and encourage them to do the same.
Contact SERVPRO of Eau Claire for more readiness tips and tools, including SERVPRO's Emergency Ready Profile (ERP). Having an ERP in place for you or your facility can help minimize business interruption in the event of a disaster. SERVPRO of Eau Claire will help you be "Ready for whatever happens!"
***Facts and figures provided by noaa.gov