Recent Storm Damage Posts

Tips for Staying Safe During a Storm in Boulder

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

Lightning hitting a tall office building. Stay away from windows during a lightning storm.

A few common safety rules and precautions suggests that the public should generally try to stay inside of a safe area or building when a lightning storm or thunderstorm occurs. There are many commercial buildings in Boulder. SERVPRO® of Greater Boulder wants to share the following safety tips for staying safe during a thunderstorm while inside of a commercial building:

  • Unplug appliances if possible
  • Pay attention to all alerts and warnings, as a thunderstorm can develop into a tornado if powerful enough
  • Avoid running water if possible since electricity can travel through plumbing
  • Stay away from all windows or glass walls, especially during a lightning storm

Although the weather can be predicted, it can also change in an instant without much warning. If a thunderstorm does happen to turn into tornado weather in Boulder, consider the following tips:

  • Use your arms to protect your head and neck in the event of flying debris or shattered windows
  • Do not leave the safe area until the local alerting system says it is safe to do so
  • If the commercial building has a basement or storm cellar, head there immediately

Remember, SERVPRO of Greater Boulder is here to help. Our trained team members will show up ready to go to begin the cleanup and restoration process after a thunderstorm, lightning storm and even a tornado. If you experience water damage, fire damage, or mold damage from a storm, we are Here to Help.

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder is independently owned and operated.

Link: https://www.ready.gov/thunderstorms-lightning

Make sure your Emergency Kit is Stocked and Ready to Go near the University of Colorado

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

Flying drone transporting an emergency kit. At the University of Colorado, you may even see a drone delivering an emergency kit!

SERVPRO® of Greater Boulder is no stranger to storms, water damage, etc. The trained professionals there know that the possibilities are endless when it comes to any type of natural disaster or weather emergency, which is why we want to remind everyone at the University of Colorado to have their emergency kits stocked and ready to go.

Here are some items that could be included in an emergency kit:

  • Band-Aids
  • Alcohol pads
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Battery-powered radio and batteries
  • Whistle if needed to signal for help

If pets are involved, tweak the emergency kit a bit to include pet food, a spare leash/collar, and other pet supplies that will be needed. The University of Colorado is full of tech-savvy people who could probably call for help if needed, but it is important to be prepared for when technology fails, especially when water is involved. If a residential area/dorm or commercial building is flooded in any way, make sure to stay out of the water because electricity from technology devices can travel through water. That is why SERVPRO of Greater Boulder urges you to have your kit ready if needed.

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder is independently owned and operated.

Link:  https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2006/09/17/your-family-needs-emergency-supply-kit

How to prepare an emergency kit for a severe storm in Devil’s Thumb

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

Dog with first aid kit. Get your emergency kit ready in Devil’s Thumb.

If a community is not prepared for a severe storm, the results can be devastating. SERVPRO® of Greater Boulder wants to share some of the following tips to keep in mind while putting together an emergency kit in the event of a severe storm approaching. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has stated emergency kits should include some of the following:

  • First aid kit
  • Any medicine currently being taken
  • Extra change of clothes and shoes
  • Pet supplies if you are taking care of an animal
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Emergency food and water

Residents of Devil’s Thumb can add whatever else they may need. There should be an emergency kit in every residential building as well as all commercial buildings if possible. Aside from having an emergency kit ready, a plan should also be in place. If there is a designated storm area inside the office, occupants should head there with the emergency kits. Severe storms cannot be avoided, but with the right tools and resources they can be easier to deal with.  SERVPRO of Greater Boulder wants to make sure that Devil’s Thumb is prepared!

SERVPRO of Devil’s Thumb is independently owned and operated.

Link: https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2008/05/19/preparation-best-defense-against-severe-storms-and-tornadoes

Evacuation when Medical Supplies Are Needed for your Well-being in the University of Colorado Area.

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

Flood evacuation emergency kit checklist clipboard, 3 bottles of water, a couple of batteries, and a first aid kit. Think ahead of things you might need in the event you would need to evacuate your home in Ara unexpectedly.

When a storm is headed your way, there are some items you can keep in a waterproof container (your emergency kit) to be prepared for possible evacuation. Medications is probably not one of them, but you can have them ready to bring with you.

SERVPRO® of Greater Boulder suggests having these items prepared in the event you would need to evacuate your home in the University of Colorado area.

  • Copies of medical insurance & Medicare cards
  • Warm blankets
  • Extra clothing, especially socks & undergarments
  • Bottled water
  • Batteries for your electronic devices
  • Written contact list

Some people in the University of Colorado area will also need to consider the following:

  • Make sure that at least one other person can get your medications & supplies
  • Have at least a week-long supply of prescription medicines
  • A list of all medications, dosages, and allergies
  • An extra pair of glasses or extra contact lenses
  • Hearing-aid batteries
  • Games & activities for children

If you have pets in the University of Colorado area, consider these items:

  • Pet food and toys
  • Toys or comfort objects
  • Vet information

Some shelters will not or cannot allow pets. Ahead of an emergency, find out which ones will allow your 4-legged loved ones. All shelters allow service animals.

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder is independently owned and operated.

Links:

https://www.fema.gov/

Emergency Kit for Evacuation for the Deaf, Blind, and Service Animals in Boulder

9/11/2019 (Permalink)

Symbols on a background representing, visual, audio, and other handicaps, including a service dog. Small preparations can make for life saving results.

Low vision or hearing loss may make a power outage more difficult in Boulder and evacuation more challenging.

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder has these tips:

Have an evacuation emergency kit ready.

For people who have low hearing or deafness in Boulder, consider the following:

  • Extra batteries for hearing aids
  • TTY
  • If you Sign, have a pen and paper for people who do not know Sign
  • Backup batteries for any augmentative communication devices

For people who have low vision or blindness in Boulder, consider the following:

  • Use large-print or Braille on labels
  • Magnifiers or other assistive devices
  • White cane (if you use one)

Storm damage makes life more difficult for service animals too.

For people who have service animals in Boulder, consider the following: 

  • Food, water, and other supplies
  • Tell emergency responders that your service animal travels with you
  • Shelters and other buildings may not refuse entry to a service animal

Links:

https://www.ready.gov/individuals-access-functional-needs

Thunderstorm preparedness in Boulder

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

Lighting strikes in the sky. Know the risks of thunderstorms in Boulder.

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder knows that in most places, thunderstorms can happen at any time of the day and any time during the year.

While thunderstorms can be beautiful, they can also be dangerous.  They can cause severe damage to your home and property.

Thunderstorms can include lightning and can:

  • Cause flash floods
  • Cause tornadoes
  • Create hail
  • Reach winds over 50 MPH

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder knows you cannot prevent a thunderstorm, but you can prepare:

  • Cut down or trim trees that may fall on your home or office
  • Install surge protectors, lightning rods, or a lightning protection system
  • Sign up for your community’s warning system
  • Know the risk for thunderstorms in Boulder

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder understands you don’t have to wait for the thunder. If there is a thunderstorm warning, go inside. Once there:

  • Unplug appliances
  • Do not use landline phones in office or home
  • Pay attention to alerts and warnings

If you can’t get inside a building:

  • If you are swimming or in a boat, get to land immediately
  • Find shelter
  • If you are in a car, don’t touch anything metal
  • “Turn around. Don’t Drown. '' Avoid flooded roads. 6 inches of moving water can knock you down. One foot of moving water can sweep away your car.

A lightning strike during a thunderstorm can leave a wake of destruction in its path. This can range from minor electrical issues to fire damage. Lightning is also a major cause of injury or death from weather-related dangers.  Most people survive being hit by lightning, but they often have long-term problems.

Links:

https://www.ready.gov/thunderstorms-lightning

https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1527866280447-8ee0ba123e9a7b91c75b97dfb62cb657/ThunderStorm_May2018.pdf

Plan ahead for evacuation in the event of a storm for you and your pets in Greater Boulder

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

A vehicle sign stating evacuation route Be prepared for a storm evacuation with these tips.

Storm Damage & Evacuation in Greater Boulder

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder has these tips for people in our community dealing with disabilities during an evacuation. During times of flooding, you may want to consider packing a bag to have ready in case the worst happens.

Plan for backup if you have your own car because the storm or flood may damage your car.

Ask your healthcare provider to suggest what specific devices you might need if you need to evacuate due to an emergency:

  • Where can I get medical supplies?
  • How I do get accessible transportation?
  • If medical help is needed, where would I go?
  • Does this facility have a disability ramp access (if needed)

Items to bring with you:

  • Written list for emergency contacts
  • List of all medications, dosages, and allergies
  • Style & serial number of medical devices
  • Supply of medical equipment
  • Extra battery for a powered wheelchair
  • Any cushions or padding
  • Wheelchairs, canes, braces, etc.
  • Medical bracelets with pertinent info for first responders/helpers
  • Medical insurance cards
  • List and/or supply of prescription medications

Our service animals are also affected by storm damage. For people who have service animals in Greater Boulder, please consider:

  • Packing extra food, water, & other supplies for the service animal
  • Tell emergency responders that your service animal travels with you
  • Shelters and other buildings may or may not refuse entry to a service animal

Links:

https://www.ready.gov/individuals-access-functional-needs

What To Do If You Have PTSD During Thunderstorms In Ara Colorado

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

Scared man holding a computer over his head in a thunderstorm. Don't let a storm throw you into a panic attack. Be prepared.

Did you know that almost 7% of people in the U.S. have suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

People who have PTSD may experience panic during thunderstorms. Thunderstorms and lightning can set off  a person’s alarm bells.

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder offers these guides to coping with PTSD during storms: 

The best strategy is to be prepared.

  • Take care of your emotional health. See a therapist. Learn relaxation exercises. When you feel anxious, you can relax yourself
  • Know when a thunderstorm is likely. Plan what you will do during a thunderstorm  
  • Take care of your physical health. Eat a healthy diet. Get enough sleep. Do not rely on alcohol or other drugs.  Do not smoke or chew tobacco 

During a Thunderstorm in Ara, Colorado

  • Slow down your breathing
  • Look around. Notice where you are. Notice that you are in a safe place
  • Distract yourself from the storm. Wear headphones and listen to music. Sit in a pop-up tent
  • Talk with someone you trust

All of this can be compounded if the storm generates damage to your home or office. Sometimes flooding occurs, while other times you may spring a leak. If this happens, give SERVPRO of Greater Boulder a call and we can make the water damage “Like it never even happened.”

Links:

https://www.ready.gov/individuals-access-functional-needs

https://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/treatment/cope/coping-traumatic-stress.asp 

https://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/PTSD-overview/epidemiological-facts-ptsd.asp

Be Prepared this Storm Season

5/10/2016 (Permalink)

April showers don’t always bring May flowers. Springtime in the Rockies means we all have to be prepared for any type of weather at any time.

According to NOAA, every year, Americans are forced to cope with: 10,000 severe thunderstorms, 5,000 floods or flash floods, 1,000 tornadoes, and 2 land-falling deadly hurricanes. As a result, there are around 500 deaths per year and nearly $15 billion in damage.

Don’t wait for a severe weather event to prepare. Form plans, build an emergency kit, and keep you, your family, and your home safe during this unpredictable weather season.