Spring is here!
Be prepared for what it brings
The long-awaited spring is finally here. It’s the time of year for people to be outdoors and enjoy the warming temperatures and sunshine. But with that, comes the potential for unstable weather conditions. Heavy rainfall, high winds, thunderstorms and even tornadoes can strike during this time of year. Now is the time to plan and prepare.
The most common springtime phenomenon is flooding caused by heavy rain and snow melt.
While the weather itself may not be an emergency, the damage caused could be.
Here are some tips to help:
- Keep melting snow and ice away from your foundation walls
- Ensure your downspouts are not blocked and are draining properly, away from your foundation walls.
- If it is safe to do so, clear debris from roadside catchbasins (the square sewer grates on the road) to help water enter the storm sewer.
- If you are worried about an immediate threat of basement flooding, prepare your basement by moving valuables to shelves or upper floors. Cleaners, paint or chemicals should also be taken off the floor so that they do not further contaminate any floodwater that may get into your home.
While some flooding is normal in the spring, if you are concerned about your property or see a Township roadway or park has flooded, contact us.
Learn more about flood prevention and drainage.
A power interruption is often caused by freezing rain, sleet storms and/or high winds which damage power lines and equipment. An interruption can last from a few hours to several days. While all efforts will be made to restore power as quickly as possible, severe weather conditions can greatly delay the process.
- Make sure your personal emergency preparedness kit is complete and well stocked
- Prepare a portable preparedness kit in case of evacuation
- Turn off/unplug electrical appliances to avoid a fire when the power is restored
- (keep a radio or light on so that you will know when power has been restored)
- Make sure you are extra careful if you are using candles…..flash lights are a better choice.
- Make sure your home has a working carbon monoxide detector. If it is hard-wired to the house's electrical supply, ensure it has a battery-powered back-up. To learn more about carbon monoxide, click here.
- Keep appliance vents clear of snow and ice. Drifting snow may block appliance intake and exhaust vents. If a vent is obstructed, the appliance may malfunction or create a build-up of carbon monoxide.