Rhode Island residents have grown accustomed to Mother Nature’s fickle nature when it comes to our weather. One day, the temperature soars, humidity suffocates, only to be followed by an unexpected snowfall the very next day. This unpredictability certainly keeps all of us on our toes.
At Rhode Island Restoration, we firmly believe that preparation is the cornerstone of damage mitigation. We are delighted to have the opportunity this month to offer our guidance to Shop In RI readers on how to safeguard their properties and prepare themselves for the very real threat of a severe storm impacting our vicinity in the near future.
It’s our business to be prepared. You see, we don’t just offer cleanup and restoration services for storm-related issues, but also for fires, soot, and other forms of damage including mold, asbestos, and water damage from burst pipes or appliance and plumbing mishaps. As your local 24/7 property damage repair and emergency disaster cleanup service, we grasp the significance of being prepared and are always ready to rapidly confront any damage that severe storms or other types of damage might present to your family and property.
When it comes to preventing storm damage, you must make every effort to fortify vulnerable areas of your home when severe weather warnings arise. Keep tools, plywood, plastic sheeting, and other repair materials readily avail-able. Equally crucial is reviewing your insurance coverage and acquainting yourself with post-storm procedures. These proactive measures will go a long way in minimizing the impact and expediting recovery if your property sustains damage or if you find yourself without utilities for an extended period. By following the five steps outlined on the next page, you’ll feel confident that you are doing all you can to protect your home and the people you love.
- CREATE AN EMERGENCY PLAN AND FAMILY SURVIVAL KIT
Develop a family communication plan: Establish a designated contact person outside the hurricane-prone area to ensure communication lines are open during the storm.
Identify safe evacuation routes: Familiarize yourself with evacuation routes and shelters in your area. Keep cash, emergency contact numbers, and important documents easily accessible.
- SECURE YOUR HOME AND CLEAR THE SURROUNDINGS.
Reinforce windows and doors: Install storm shutters or plywood boards to shield windows from flying debris. Trim trees and remove loose branches or objects that could cause damage during high winds. Store outdoor furniture, grills, and other items, like trash cans and recycle bins that could easily become flying projectiles.
- INSPECT AND FORTIFY YOUR ROOF.
Ensure all roof shingles are securely fastened. If you notice any missing or curled shingles call us now, before a storm occurs, to make any needed repairs.
- REVIEW INSURANCE COVERAGE. Review your homeowner’s insurance policy to under-stand what damage is covered. Consider additional coverage for flood or wind damage. Take inventory of your belongings using photographs or videos.
- WHAT IF YOUR HOME SUFFERS STORM DAMAGE?
Give us a call at 401-414-1111. We’re available 24/7 for emergency service. Despite preparation taken, severe storms often cause some type of damage that will require professional assistance. We have over 20 years of experience cleaning up, repair-ing, and restoring storm damage throughout Rhode Island. Our team of skilled professionals will efficiently handle the clean-up, repair, and full reconstruction process, ensuring your home or business is restored to its pre-storm condition—or even better. You can also scan the QR Code on the front cover of this magazine to visit our website. BE SAFE EVERYONE!