Wind and storms have always been an issue for the greater Eastern Washington Basin region. Heavy wind storms cause damage to homes and property, leaving businesses and places of residence with a mess and insecurity. Many people are left with rattled decks, broken windows, loose and torn away shingles, and much more.
Security and peace of mind are important. JRCC is available for emergency board ups in case of storm, wind, or vandalism to secure your home or business. We are also available for the placing of tarps for roofs when disaster strikes. Both of these services help provide safety and sanitary conditions for a home. After initial help, JRCC can help you plan the best route of action to restore your building, and get your life back on track.
The best way to weather a storm is to have a safety plan in place ahead of time.
Emergency safety kit
Keep an emergency kit handy and make sure everyone in the family knows where it's located. At a minimum, keep these items in your kit at all times:
- Battery-operated flashlight
- Battery-operated or winding clock
- Battery-operated radio
- Plenty of extra batteries
- First aid kit and manual
- Small fire extinguisher
- Some pillows and blankets
- If you have kids, save a stash of "rainy-day" books and games to keep them occupied while the lights are out.
If you use a cordless phone, remember that the system needs electricity to operate and will be useless during an outage. Always keep a cellular or corded phone in your home. Be sure to print, fill out and post a list of emergency numbers.
Remember that power garage door openers won't work in a storm. Review the steps to open your door manually so your car doesn't get stuck inside the garage. If you use your garage door opener as a "key" to get into your home, be sure to also carry the key to another door into your home.
Food and water supplies
Be sure to always have plenty of medications, baby supplies and non-perishable food on hand in case of a storm. Be sure the food doesn't need refrigeration or cooking (granola bars or crackers and peanut butter for example). Remember the drinking water; the American Red Cross suggests reserving about three gallons of drinking water per person.
- Inspect for damage caused by a storm. As soon as a storm has passed and it is safe to go outside, examine your home for any damage caused from the storm. This could include gutters failing due to extreme weight loads, a sagging roof due to snow or tree limbs overloaded with ice snapping and causing damage to a vehicle.
- Clear snow away from your gas meter, clothes dryer vent and any other vents outside of your home. Also, make sure that your chimney vent is clear. A clogged vent can cause carbon monoxide to build up in your home when a fireplace is used.
- Clear all obstructions from downspouts. All snow and ice should be shoveled and cleared away; once snow begins to melt, a clogged downspout can lead to a leaking roof.
- Keep snow clear from the roof. If your home has a porch with a roof that can easily be cleared, attempt to remove as much snow as possible. Porches are not built with the same structural integrity as roofs.
- Frozen pipes should be handled with care. Remove any insulation surrounding frozen pipes and wrap them in warm rags. Open all faucets completely and pour hot water over the pipes, starting where they were most exposed to the cold. A hand-held hair dryer also works well when used with caution. Never use an open flame or propane torch. This could not only lead to a fire, but cause the water in the pipes to overheat and result in a steam explosion.
- Report weather related problems to the proper authorities. Power lines and branches overhanging coated in layers of ice should be reported to the local power utilities.
- The Insurance Council of New Jersey (ICNJ) is a nonprofit, insurance research, information and advocacy organization sponsored by 27 New Jersey licensed property/casualty insurance companies. Collectively, ICNJ member companies underwrite 91 percent of automobile insurance policies, 64 percent of homeowners' insurance policies, 32 percent of the commercial insurance and 66 percent of workers' compensation policies in New Jersey.