We had a heck of a winter storm these past few days! While the Pacific Northwest gets plenty of wind and rain, many are not prepared for snow and ice like we experienced this past weekend. Storms can hit suddenly without warning, so it is important to always be prepared for extreme weather conditions. Here are a few ways to stay safe during a winter storm:
Stay informed – The storm we recently experienced was reported on the news; make sure you are checking in with news and weather sources to stay up to date on how the weather may impact your area. Such sources will have updates on school and road closures as well. Make sure you have access to these outlets if your power should go out by having an emergency radio and charging phones and tablets.
Supply kit – Make sure your emergency supply kit is well stocked should you be unable to leave your home. For a detailed outline of what your emergency kit should contain, check out our previous blog here.
Freeze prevention – Frozen pipes can potentially be a costly damage to your home should they burst. It is a very common incident we encounter here at Kennedy Restoration, especially when temperatures begin to rise after a freeze. Protect your pipes from freezing with these tips.
Driving – Whenever possible, do not drive in the ice or snow. While you may be an expert driver, others on the road are not and even the best of drivers can get into serious accidents due to icy road conditions. However, if you must leave be sure to follow these safe driving tips in the ice. Add a few items to your emergency kit to make sure you can leave the home, including sand, kitty litter, snow shovels. Make sure your tires are equipped for the weather and your vehicle is capable of the excursion.
Loss of power – As we experienced here in Portland, power outages are common with the onset of snow and ice. Frozen moisture on tree limbs weigh them down, causing them to crack and fall on power lines. Be prepared for such outages and potential loss of heat!
So, how did you do? Do you feel that you were adequately prepared for the weather over the weekend, or do you have some adjustments to make to your preparedness techniques? As always, if you experienced any damages to your home or property, Kennedy Restoration is here to help!