Tampa, Fla. – March 17, 2014 – With the first day of Spring on March 20, now is a perfect time to start or update storm safety and emergency preparedness plans for households and businesses. In the past couple of years, there were more than 450 fatalities and nearly 2,600 injuries due to extreme weather, like tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, extreme heat, and wildfires.
Paul Davis, a leading provider of fire, water and mold damage restoration services for residential and commercial properties, endorses spring storm safety tips recently issued by the American Red Cross, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA). These public agencies encourage people to Be a Force of Nature and to prepare for storms and severe weather before it strikes. This year’s campaign includes knowing your risk, taking action, and being an example in your community.
A “Basic Emergency Kit” should include a disaster plan and emergency supplies readily available:
• Water – one gallon of water per person and pets for a minimum of three days
• Food – a three-day supply of non-perishable food for adults, children and pets and a can opener
• Battery-powered or hand crank commercial radio and a NOAA Weather Radio
• Cell Phone with charger
• First aid kit, non-prescription drugs like pain relievers, prescription medications and supplies
• Copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in waterproof container.
• Sleeping bags or warm blankets
• Fire extinguisher
• Go to a designated public shelter if your home loses power or during periods of extreme weather conditions. Text SHELTER + your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter in your area.
Also, check property for any damage from the winter season and for spring storm preparedness with some valuable tips.
• Clear yard of loose articles and debris
• Trim trees and shrubs
• Keep lawn furniture, outdoor toys, garbage cans secured or stored
• Inspect your roof and repair any loose shingles
• Repair siding, awnings, gutters and downspouts
Contact a licensed professional or restoration and emergency services company if damage to your home or business is significant. Qualified technicians are certified from The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).
About Paul Davis:
Paul Davis Restoration, Inc. is a national franchisor and leading provider of restoration services for residential and commercial properties since 1966. Paul Davis Restoration also provides complete remodeling services and has franchise locations throughout North America with owners and technicians who are certified by The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Visit the local office website at www.pdrtampa.com.