Recent Storm Damage Posts

Safety Precautions For Lightning Storms

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

The odds for getting struck by lightning are pretty low, about 1 in 500,000, but that does not mean you want to test your odds. 

If you hear thunder roar, go inside. During a lightning storm you should consider the following:

  • Avoid water; lightning can travel through a plumbing system.
  • Avoid electronics; lightning can travel through electrical systems, as well as, radio and television reception systems. 
  • Avoid phones with cords
  • Avoid concrete floors and walls; lightning can travel through any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or floors

Stay inside for at least 30 minutes after the last thunder has been heard. 

If you are outside during a lightning storm and can not seek shelter; crotch as low as you can, with as little of your body touching the surface of the ground. Distance yourself from tall objects, such as a tree. You never want to stand under a metal pole or tree during a lightning storm! Those objects can act as a lightning rods. Lightning causes electrical currents along the top of the ground that can be deadly as far as 100 feet away. 

Preventing Storm Damage To Your SOMD Home

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

Severe storms can come out of nowhere and we want your home to be prepared and protected for when they do. Preparing your home can be what saves you from having to deal with the cost of damage in repairs. 

  • Remove Dead Limber: Trim trees and bushes around your property to help prevent branches from falling onto your home from heavy winds. Be sure to remove the entire tree or bush if it is dead.
  • Secure Outdoors Items: Tables, chairs, grills, decorations. High winds, rain or hail can damage or move your outdoor items. Bring them inside if you can or make sure they are secured to your home 
  • Drainage System: Clear out your gutters, drain tiles and pipes to allow the precipitation to flow properly off your home. 
  • Inspect Roof: Check for whole, cracks or loss ends that could be further damaged by the storm. Have repaired to avoid water from entering your home.

Allows be aware of the weather. It is better to take extra precautions in event of a storm rather than having to pay the cost of not. 

Tornado Warning in St. Mary's and Calvert Counties

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

On Sunday, April 14th, the National Weather Service issued a Tornado Watch early evening leading into the dawns of the night and ending around 4am for many Maryland Counties. Around 2:45am, the Southern area of St. Mary's County Tornado Watch was turned into a Tornado Warning and residents were advised to take immediate shelter. 

SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties urges the importance of knowing the difference between a Tornado Watch and a Tornado Warning and the precautions you should take. 

Tornado Watch: Conditions are favorable for a tornado to develop

  • Have a reliable weather source in reach to keep you updated on weather changes
  • Have a plan of where and how you will take shelter 
  • Watch for changes in the weather. Green or orange sky and hail are tornado-friendly conditions

Tornado Warning: A tornado is in the area or radar indicates that a tornado is developing 

  • Take immediate shelter. Go to the lowest level in the building or safety shelter
  • Stay away from windows and grab blankets/furniture to cover yourself to avoid being injured by flying debris
  • If you are outside, find the lowest area like a ditch and lay face down covering your neck and head with your arms and hands. (Do not go under a bridge or overpass) 
  • Do not leave safety area until Warning is lifted 

If your area is heading into the night with a Tornado Watch in affect, make sure you have a way to get alerts while you are sleeping. Have your phone set up to get emergency alerts and listen for the Fire Departments siren. 

Is That Thunder You Hear in Southern Maryland?

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

With May being right around the corner, it is time to start preparing yourself for the season of thunderstorms here in Southern Maryland. While thunderstorm can happen at any time of the year, they are most common within in the months of May - August. A thunderstorm is considered severe when it contains one or more of the following: winds 57.5 mph or above, hail one inch or greater or a tornado. Here at SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties we want you to be safe during all storms! 

Tips for Safety:

  • When you hear thunder, go inside!
  • Follow weather reports and warning signs
  • Be prepared to change plans if weather premits
  • Avoid windows, running water or using landlines phones
  • Unplug appplicances and other electric devices
  • If necessary take shelter in a vechile 
  • Avoid flooded areas, fast moving water can knock you down and take you away