Recent Storm Damage Posts

Is Your Sump Pump Healthy?

8/2/2021 (Permalink)

As the major storm we had a few weeks ago taught us, rainstorms can bring massive devastation to homeowners and business owners alike.  We were contacted by over one thousand people in Fairfield County who had suffered water damage due to excess rain.  Many of these damages may have been avoided if sump pumps were checked before and during the storms. 

A sump pump functions by pumping excess water away from your home or business.  When rainwater builds up and flows into your basement, it plays a vital role in keeping your structure dry.  If the pump is faulty or not working to its full potential, your risk of water damage goes up dramatically.

With more summer storms bound to happen, utilize this time to inspect your sump pump.  Make sure that it is actively pumping water out.  You can check this by putting enough water in the hole to activate it.  If it turns on, you are good to go.  If not, you should diagnose the issue.  Debris or obstructions are an often overlooked issue.  Even if the pump turns on, water needs to be able to flow freely away from the foundation. 

Sometimes water damage can occur, even when we are on top of being prepared.  In this case, call SERVPRO of Norwalk/Wilton.  We have extensive experience and will take care of you and your property.

Prepare For A Storm While You Can

4/27/2021 (Permalink)

Preparing for a storm, regardless of the season, is a full-scale effort.  But it is important to protect homes and businesses alike.

Inside

- Keep a store of all important things like food, water, and medication on hand.

- Discuss an emergency escape plan.  Make sure escape routes are clear at all times.  Also designate a safe shelter area away from windows inside your home or business.

- Subscribe to your local weather alerts so you have as much notice as possible.

Outside

- If you have patio furniture, or any other items that could blow away in a storm, secure them indoors if a storm is coming.-

If there are trees that are close to your home or business, trim any branches that pose a risk of causing damage.  If any trees are dead, have them removed, as these are very susceptible to fall if winds are high enough.

- If your roof has not been inspected in a while, you should have this service performed.  This will alert you to any structural issues that you may have, which could lead to extra damage in the event of a storm.

We have the skilled technicians and specialized equipment needed for your commercial or residential storm damage remediation needs.  That’s why SERVPRO of Norwalk/Wilton should be your first call. Contact us at 203.324.1642 for assistance.

What Damage Can A Spring Seasonal Storm Cause?

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

As we all know, spring in Fairfield County is unpredictable.  One thing we know though, is that storms are probably inevitable during the spring season.  These storms can bring various damage-causing conditions with them, such as high-speed winds, substantial rainfall, and flooding. These can leave you facing damage to your home or business that could be expensive to fix, and may displace you for a period of time. 

There are a few main types of damage that you may suffer.  Learn more about the types below, and what can lead to them during a springtime storm.

Water Damage

Water can seep in through roof damage that occurred before the storm, or as a result of the storm. Damaged shingles and faulty roofs play a role in this.  If gutters or filled with leaves, they can also contribute to damage. Rainwater can flow into your basement, even if your sump pump is working and gets overloaded.

Structural Damage

Debris and trees can fall onto your home, as well as break windows and dent cars.

Fire Damage

A fire can result from a lightning strike.  This could be caused by the strike itself, or from your own electrical system not being able to handle the surge in power.

Other damage can result from water that is not detected, which leads to mold growth.  Animals can also come in through damaged areas in the structure.

We have the skilled technicians and specialized equipment needed for your storm damage remediation needs.  That’s why SERVPRO of Norwalk/Wilton should be your first call. Contact us at 203.324.1642 for assistance.

Be Prepared For Groundwater Flooding

2/23/2021 (Permalink)

Why could you experience groundwater flooding?

There are a few different conditions that can lead to groundwater coming into your home.  The most prevalent contributor to this type of damage is prolonged and substantial rainfall.  These conditions saturate the soil, and the water can no longer be absorbed.  As the water table rises, the water can seep into your basement or lower-level crawlspaces. A condition that is less common, but can happen is excess water from snow melting.  We have had a lot of snow in the Norwalk and Wilton area, and when the temperature begins to rise, groundwater flooding could be an issue.

How much of a problem is groundwater flooding?

This depends on a few factors.  If your basement is unfinished, and you don't have a lot of items stored there, the damage may be low.  The water will need to be extracted, and the area dried.  On the other hand, if you have a finished basement, or have items like furniture or electronics there, the damage can be far more extensive.  Carpets may need replacing, personal belongings may be ruined, and walls may be compromised.

If you have groundwater flooding at your home or business, there are a few steps to take before you call a professional remediation company like SERVPRO of Norwalk/Wilton.  First, you should turn the power off.  This will protect you from water interacting with any wiring or live electric currents.  Then you can begin to inspect the area for structural weaknesses like walls and ceilings.

Groundwater flooding can be a stressful event, but we are here to guide you through the remediation process.  Give SERVPRO of Norwalk/Wilton a call as soon as you can.

Get Renters Insurance To Protect Yourself From Storm Damage

2/19/2021 (Permalink)

This message goes out to anyone who currently rents their living space, whether it be an apartment, house, or condo.  Over the past few weeks, we have seen many people with damage to their homes as a result of storm damage.  Many of these people happened to be renters. When you are a renter there are certain things that the landlord is responsible for.  These are usually items such as the structure itself and appliances.

But in the event of a storm (or any other disaster for that matter), your items are at risk of being damaged.  Without renters insurance, you may be stuck replacing the items with money from your own pocket.  This can range from a couple hundred dollars, to thousands of dollars.  Personal possessions like clothing, electronics, and furniture are all items that are covered in a renters insurance policy. Do yourself a favor, and take out one of these policies on your rented property.

If you have a similar issue at your home, please call SERVPRO of Norwalk/Wilton today.  We can be reached for immediate assistance at 203.324.1642.

Storm Damage Destroys Residential Flooring

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

Recently, a home in Norwalk experienced significant water damage as a result of a winter snow storm.

The sheer amount of snow on the roof caused leaks in the rood to grow bigger.  When the snow began to melt, the water poured into the kitchen and adjacent rooms.  While everything was soaked, the flooring suffered the worst damage.  Water got underneath the laminate flooring, ruining the layer above.  The homeowner called us after the water had stopped leaking in and pooling on her floor.

We arrived and extracted the standing water.  We then dried the entire area so that reconstruction could begin.  Our technicians determined that the flooring could not be salvaged, so we pulled it up and began work on a new floor.  All surrounding and affected walls were fitted with new drywall.  You can see the difference in the photo.  We are proud of the work our team did for this homeowner.


If you have a similar issue at your business or home, please call SERVPRO of Norwalk/Wilton today.  We can be reached for immediate assistance at 203.324.1642.

Contact SERVPRO of Norwalk/Wilton For Flood Damage Remediation

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

Since storm flooding can happen at your Norwalk and Wilton property out of the blue, any weaknesses in the structure of your home can turn out to be immediately problematic. When you call us, tending to these flooding issues includes the quick reaction of our team and the effective extraction equipment that we use.

After water damage in your Norwalk home or business, certain steps must be taken to remediate structural damage and prevent secondary damage like mold from occurring. This process includes a few steps that our team takes, outlined below. They may seem simple, but every situation is different, and our technicians know how to navigate these correctly.

  1. Remove stagnant water with our extractors
  2. Dry any areas where moisture is still present
  3. Clean any and all affected surfaces, from floors, walls, ceilings and furniture
  4. Making sure that the initial source of the water is secured

We use large commercial water extractors to remove all standing water from your home or business. Then we use large fans and dehumidifiers to remove any moisture where levels are still too high.  We then use safe cleaning solutions to clean the area.  This eliminates and contaminants that may have come with the water before it settled in your home.

When a storm hits your home or business, standing water in your basement can cause a multitude of issues if not addressed quickly and properly.  The team at SERVPRO of Norwalk/Wilton can help you through all phases of the restoration process.

Springtime Storm Damage Tips

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

The spring season brings warmer weather and green grass and trees.  These are things that many people are excited for. Getting ready for the season's climate conditions is vital to preparing for future spring storm damage. Be that as it may, some storm damage cannot be prevented.  In the event that your home or business sustains damage, use these steps from SERVPRO of Norwalk/Wilton to make sure that you stay safe and on top of the situation.

Document The Damage - Use the camera on your phone to capture any damage that has occurred.  This information will become very important when communicating with your insurance company.  It will make the process go much smoother than if you did not have the photos. 

Call Your Insurance Company - As soon as you have taken the photos, gather any other relevant information like your homeowners insurance policy for reference.  Contact your carrier to begin the claims process. The sooner you make the call, the better.

Practice Safety - If you observe downed power lines, use extreme caution. If any of your appliances have come into contact with water, carefully disconnect them from the power source. If any trees have fallen, avoid those areas until a professional can remove them safely.

Inspect Plumbing - If necessary, shut off your water, especially if you observe damage to water lines or plumbing.

Examine Your Roof - Storm damage can cause cracks in shingles or dislodged gutters.  

Call SERVPRO of Norwalk/Wilton - When your home or business has sustained storm damage of any level, call SERVPRO of Norwalk/Wilton at 203.324.1642. We are prepared to respond around the clock to any storm damage that you have.  We are also certified to protect you against any secondary damage that may occur like mold growth or foul odors.

The Difference Between Storm “Watch” and “Warning”

3/13/2020 (Permalink)

Know the difference so you can be prepared.

A storm watch implies that the potential exists for the advancement of extreme rainstorms or tornadoes, contingent on the particular sort of watch given. On account of a tornado watch, this doesn’t imply that a tornado has been seen or even demonstrated on radar. In fact, it just implies that conditions are positive for the development of tornadoes and rainstorms. Additionally, a serious storm watch implies that conditions are only favorable for the improvement of extreme weather, and doesn't mean that serious weather patterns have been observed. In the event of a storm watch, do not panic.  Keep informed of how the weather is developing so that you are not caught off guard by a storm or other weather event.

A storm warning is more serious, and requires a more prompt reaction and ought to be adhered to. An extreme rainstorm alert demonstrates that serious atmospheric conditions are imminent, or happening already.  While a storm watch is a more loose term, a storm warning has defined parameters. According to the US government, this means that wind speeds exceed 58 miles per hour. It can also mean that hail larger than an inch in diameter has been observed. Because of these conditions, caution should be taken when traveling.  In very severe instances, shelter should be taken.

If your home or business suffers storm damage, call SERVPRO of Norwalk/Wilton.  We will respond quickly to help you and your building.

Storm Water In Your Crawl Space

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

Many homeowners have preventative measures in place for when a rainstorm occurs.  This can be anything from a working sump pump to a properly maintained gutter system.  One area of a home that is often overlooked is the crawlspace. Because crawl spaces are often at a different height, or not adjoined to a finished basement, rising groundwater or rainwater runoff may linger.  Cracks in the foundation can also cause this to happen as well. As a result of these factors, SERVPRO of Norwalk/Wilton responds to crawl space water damages very often.

Unless you use your crawl space for storage, it is probably unfinished, so initial damage is not the main concern. Secondary damage, on the other hand, is a major concern.  Mold growth and musty odors can result if moisture is not addressed. If you do observe water or dampness in your crawl space, it needs to be remediated quickly. This will ensure that If you do have water in your crawlspace, it needs to be removed as soon as possible.  This will help ensure there is no future mold growth, which can spread and cause larger issues. The trained professionals at SERVPRO of Norwalk/Wilton can help. Call us as soon as you suspect you have water in your home.

Storm-Related Board-Up Services

2/21/2020 (Permalink)

When a fire strikes your home or business, board-up services are often used to cover windows.  This prevents further weather-related damage, animal intrusion, and theft. But board-ups are not just for fires.

There are a plethora of reasons that you may need a board-up or tarping services to protect your home.  SERVPRO of Norwalk/Wilton also uses board-ups in the event of storm damage. High winds, hail, and falling debris can cause significant damage to roofs and windows. These issues can increase the overall cost of restoration, as well as add time and headache to the process as well.

Additionally, most homeowners insurance policies require you to protect your home against these issues.  If you fail to secure your home or business, and any of these things happen after the initial damage, your policy may not cover it.  

When storm damage causes structural damage to your home, SERVPRO of Norwalk Wilton has board-up and tarping experts that will protect your home against secondary damage.  We are prepared to secure your home against further weather damage, as well as intrusion from animals and people alike.

Lightning: Fact Or Fiction?

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

According to the National Weather Service, lightning strikes claim the lives of dozens of people.  Countless others are severely wounded, which can lead to physical and neurological damage.  Unfortunately, a number of these instances may have been prevented if not due to misinformation.

Myth: If a storm rolls in, you should crouch down to minimize your risk of being hit by lightning.

Fact: According to the National Weather Service, “Crouching doesn't make you any safer outdoors. Run to a substantial building or hard topped vehicle. If you are too far to run to one of these options, you have no good alternative. You are NOT safe anywhere outdoors.”

Myth: Lightning never strikes the same place twice.

Fact: "Lightning often strikes the same place repeatedly, especially if it's a tall, pointy, isolated object. The Empire State Building is hit an average of 23 times a year.”

Myth: If there doesn’t appear to be a storm directly overhead, you are safe from lightning strikes.

Fact: People are often struck around three miles from the storm.  On a few occasions, strikes have happened up to 15 miles away.

Myth: If outside in a thunderstorm, a tree is a safe place to hide under.

Fact: People believe that lightning will strike the tree because it is higher, and they will be safe.  On the contrary, taking shelter under a tree is the second-leading cause of lightning related deaths.

Call SERVPRO of Norwalk/Wilton if lightning damages your home or business during a storm.  We have the knowledge and equipment to remediate any damage that may have been caused by stormy weather.

Different Types of Storm Damage

8/3/2019 (Permalink)

Extreme storms can be terrifying and perilous, and wellbeing must be your first need. In the event that your town has seen serious issues, be cautious. In the event that you think your home has been fundamentally damaged or if flood hazard remains, don't go inside until an expert says it's protected. Putting in a couple of evenings at a companion's home or in a crisis haven is a little cost to pay.

Snow Storm Damage

Winter storms assault a significant part of the U.S. and Canada consistently, and zones that don't get hit with snow regularly manage ice storms and solidifying precipitation. When you're managing snowstorms, lake impact storms and snow squalls, damage to your home can incorporate rooftop and auxiliary damage from overwhelming snow just as damage to sash, outside funnels, and siding. These frigid storms regularly accompany high winds, which can fuel damage by making shingles loosen up. These storms can unleash destruction on utility lines.

At the point when ice storms hit, you may should be significantly more wary. These storms are described by leaving at any rate a fourth of an inch of ice on surfaces. They can make rooftops breakdown, trees to break and electrical cables to snap. Attempt to remain in your home until the ice storm has passed and prepared with food, water, supplies, and power sources.

Lightning and Thunderstorm Damage

Lightning storms can happen any place in the U.S., and they bring the danger of flames and extreme basic damage. Regardless of whether your lightning bars work appropriately by directing the vitality to the ground, it's conceivable to see damage to electrical wiring, machines, radio wires, satellite dishes, link or phone lines, and steel structure. Except if there are indications of flame, make certain to remain inside until the storm is over on the grounds that your home will secure you.

Thunderstorms accompany dangers regardless of whether you aren't hit by lightning. You could see flooding, hail, and high winds.

High Winds, Tornadoes and Hurricane Damage

High winds can happen for all intents and purposes anyplace, and thousands of tornadoes and hurricanes hit the U.S. consistently. Extreme winds are characterized as surpassing 50-60 mph. Damage from wind can be across the board and can influence your structure as well as encompassing landscaping and black-top. Know about the potential for falling trees and posts and damaged electrical cables, and deal with these issues immediately. After the storm, look at your property for basic damage to the home, including windows, siding, and rooftops. In the most extraordinary situations, rooftops can be passed clean over.

If you have any storm damage to your home or business, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Norwalk/Wilton.

Ice Storms Can Lead To Damage

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Ice storms can cause significant damage, if not directly, then indirectly.  This pictures shows how heavy ice ice, and the effect it can have on trees that it covers.  If you have trees around your house that have branches overhead, this could be a potentially damaging situation.  If ice forms around tree limbs, they can snap off and damage your home. This could lead to secondary issues like water damage or frozen pipes. While it is warm out, trim overhanging branches that could be large enough to cause damage to your rood or siding. If you have water damage, please do not hesitate to call us.

SERVPRO of Norwalk/Wilton provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

Ceiling Removal Due To Storm Damage

1/31/2019 (Permalink)

This picture showcases the effects of not having a leak-proof roof.  This person had postponed re-shingling their roof.  But unfortunately, they experienced the effects of that decision.  Water leaked in over the family room and started to soak the furniture.  We were called to fix the situation, which required removing a portion of the ceiling to allow for proper drying.  Make sure that your roof is up-to-date, and you address any issues as soon as they arise. If you have water in your home or business from a storm, please call us.

SERVPRO of Norwalk/Wilton provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

Leaky Roof No Match For Rainstorm

1/30/2019 (Permalink)

During a recent rainstorm, the roof leaked overnight at a local educational facility.  Unfortunately, the damage was not noticed until the following morning.  We were called in to fix the situation, which included extracting the water and dehumidifying the space once the bulk of the water was removed.  This photo does not show water that we pumped out.  It actually shows how much water we pulled out of the air with a dehumidifier.  All that moisture would have probably led to mold down the road if left untreated.  If you have water in your home or business from a storm, please call us.

SERVPRO of Norwalk/Wilton provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

Wind Damage Restoration

8/2/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricane damage sometimes includes severe wind damage. Roof damage in this situation may range from a missing roof, to harsh winds and rains shearing away asphalt tiles. Roof repair of obvious defects usually ensues in the wake of hurricane damage and storm remediation. Correcting roof damage may challenge homeowners after a disaster, since a roof leak may not appear obvious.

Wind damage may loosen shingles, which can cause another roof leak in the future. Even a subtle roof leak of this nature can produce mold inside the home. Obtaining fast roof repair may prevent long term interior damage. A wind damage home restoration expert may assist clients in receiving comprehensive roof assessments and roof repair services when hurricane damage afflicts an area. Their expertise helps property owners address storm damage and roof damage more effectively.

Storm Shutters

8/2/2018 (Permalink)

Sometimes it's hard to tell what preventative measures are necessary to protect your home from a natural disaster. However, high winds and hurricane damage in the past few years have cost Americans several billions, and unprotected windows can result in expensive damages like broken windows and eventual mold.

• Accordion: Simple and straightforward to use, these manually folding shutters are available in strong materials like metal or polycarbonate.  These are the ones in the photo.


• Bahama: This stylish variety not only provides protection from heavy rain and high winds, but also from the sun.


• Colonial: Protect your dream home with traditional blinds that frame your windows and add value to your property.


• Rolling: Prepare for a storm with ease with shutters that unroll or hide away at the press of a button. 

All of these different options are permanent home fixtures that come in a range of materials, colors and designs. They’ll protect your home from flying objects, heavy rains and strong winds, so you won’t have to worry about damage to your windows or your home interior.

Home Depot has some options if this is something that you would like to look into.

Hurricane Preparedness Week

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricanes are not just a coastal problem. Their impacts can be felt hundreds of miles inland, and significant impacts can occur without it being a major hurricane. Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 6-12, 2018) is your time to prepare for a potential land-falling tropical storm or hurricane.

During Hurricane Preparedness Week, make sure you have a hurricane evacuation plan. You do not need to travel hundreds of miles. Identify someone, perhaps a friend or relative who doesn’t live in an evacuation zone or unsafe home, and coordinate with them to use their home as your evacuation destination. Be sure to account for your pets, as most local shelters do not permit them. Put the plan in writing for you and those you care about.

If a hurricane strikes, you’re going to need supplies not just to get through the storm but for the potentially lengthy recovery period that could follow. Have enough non-perishable food, water and medicine to last each person in your family a minimum of one week. Electricity and water could be out for at least that long. You’ll need extra cash, a battery-powered radio and flashlights.

This Hurricane Preparedness Week, call your insurance company or agent and ask for an insurance checkup to make sure you have enough homeowners insurance to repair or even replace your home. Don’t forget coverage for your car or boat. Remember, standard homeowners insurance doesn’t cover flooding. Whether you’re a homeowner or renter, you’ll need a separate policy for flooding. Act now as flood insurance requires a 30-day waiting period.

The time to prepare for a hurricane is before the season begins, when you have the time and are not under pressure. Take the time now to write down your hurricane plan. Know where you will ride out the storm and get your supplies now. You don’t want to be standing in long lines when a Hurricane Watch is issued. Those supplies that you need will probably be sold out by the time you reach the front of the line. Being prepared, before a hurricane threatens, makes you resilient to the hurricane impacts of wind and water. It will mean the difference between your being a hurricane victim and a hurricane survivor.

Learn more at here.

SERVPRO of Norwalk Wilton team heads to Florida to aid in flooding efforts

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

When Irma wreaked havoc on the state of Florida, SERVPRO of Norwalk Wilton mobilized and sent a team of highly skilled staff to aid in the recovery efforts.

SERVPRO of Norwalk Wilton sent 6 employees to help.  They left Connecticut in a group of vehicles to start the drive down with our equipment.  SERVPRO’s semi-trailer, containing large quantities of drying equipment was also on the road hours after getting the call.

There's never a convenient time for fire, water, or any other damage to strike your Stamford commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. 

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Mold Remediation

As always SERVPRO is Hero Ready! 

Storm Safety Tips

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

Lightning from thunderstorms injures hundreds of people in the U.S. every year and kills dozens. These causalities are easily preventable if you follow these simple safety tips.

1) Listen to the radio and television for severe thunderstorm warnings. The National Weather Service issues warnings for counties and even sends out text messages now to our mobile phones when storms are on their way. Pay attention and heed their warnings for safety.

2) Remember the 30 second rule. If there is not 30 seconds in between the time you see lightning and hear thunder, it’s time to go indoors.

3) Lightning typically strikes the tallest object around so if there is a storm, move indoors if at all possible or into a hard top car if there are no buildings around.

4) Once inside, stay away from windows, plumbing and electrical. If lightning strikes outside, it can carry inside via land lines.

5) Get out of boats and away from bodies of water. If you can hear thunder than you are close enough to get struck by lightning.

6) If you are caught outside, avoid standing by tall isolated objects such as trees. Find a grouping of small trees surrounded by taller ones, avoid bodies of water, and if there is only open spaces, look for a dry low-lying area and try to make yourself the smallest target possible. Do not lay flat on the ground, rather crouch with your head between your knees. Sheds, outhouses and tents provide no safety so keep this in mind when you are hiking or camping. Always think ahead and be prepared in the event that you are caught in a thunderstorm and if possible, turn around on your trip and head home.

Power Outage Tips

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

When a heavy storm hits your area, your power may go out.  Most of us have experienced it before.  It can range from a minor inconvenience that lasts less than an hour, to a multi-day event that requires safety precautions be taken.

If your refrigerator loses power, food and other perishables are safe to consume if the outage lasts 4 hours or less.  After this period, bacteria can grow and cause food to be unsafe to eat. Medications that need to be refrigerated can lose their potency if warmed too much.  Most medications are still effective up to 24 hours after a power loss.  Still check each label to verify. After that period, discard all medications unless otherwise noted.

If an outage occurs in either the winter or summer, extreme temperatures can come into play.  Both heat stroke and hypothermia can affect people if the building without power has no means of temperature regulation.  If too hot, seek out a commercial space that has a generator powering an air conditioning system.

Be Prepared For A Hurricane

5/12/2017 (Permalink)

The threat of a potential hurricane is always nerve wracking to all in the affected area. However, being prepared and knowledgeable of precautionary measures to take in the event of a hurricane can ease some the stress and panic you may be experiencing.

Having a ready to go emergency kit is key in any disaster situation. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the contents of this kit should include:

  • Map(s) of your local area
  • Tools such as wrenches, screwdrivers or pliers to maneuver utilities
  • Matches
  • Sanitation products such as baby wipes, trash bags and disinfectant
  • Dust masks in the case of air contamination
  • Plastic sheeting and Duct Tape for creating shelter-in-place.
  • A battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA weather radio
  • Multiple flash lights
  • Surplus of batteries (for radio/flashlight)
  • A First aid kit
  • At least 3 days worth of non perishable food (per person) and can opener if needed
  • At least 3 days worth of water (1 gallon per person, per day)

This basic list is, of course, to be adjusted and will differ person to person depending on specific needs such as any medications, pet needs, money, gasoline etc. But this list provided is a staple for a basic emergency kit.

To be aware of what is happening around you before the storm hits, be sure to frequently check the news to gather updated information on the storm. Familiarize yourself with which is the safest room in your home, evacuation routes, and locations of shelters.

During the storm the measures to take are quite simple. If no emergency evacuation is issued, stay in the safest room of your home, away from all windows and have all necessary emergency supplies on hand. Listen to a battery powered radio for updates and be sure the storm is officially over before leaving shelter. Hurricanes are known to subside for a brief amount of time if the eye of the storm passes over you, but then resumes again in full force.

After you are sure the storm is over you may go outside and observe any serious damage. If there are any signs of danger such as downed power lines and fallen trees, report them immediately and steer clear of any threat.

If at any point during the storm your home experienced extreme damages (water, structural) SERVPRO of Norwalk Wilton is a 24/7 emergency cleanup and restoration company that can service all of your needs. With quick responses we will have someone on their way to meet you in no time and offer our help to the best of our ability. You can reach us at 203-324-1642 or request for help online through our website. Stay safe this storm season!!