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Thunder, Lightning & Severe Weather - Be Prepared Before, During & After The Storm.

7/13/2021 (Permalink)

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Thunderstorms can be quite destructive, producing lightning, hail, high wind, flash floods or even tornadoes.

What do we know about thunderstorms? A thunderstorm is classified as a severe if it contains large (at least one inch) hail and/or winds of at least 58 MPH. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be affected by lightning-every thunderstorm produces lightning. Lightning can strike up to 10 miles ahead of or following a storm. Thunderstorms can occur by themselves, in clusters, or in lines. The typical thunderstorm is 15 miles in diameter and produces heavy rain for 30 minutes to an hour. The heavy rain associated with thunderstorms can cause flash floods. Their high winds can blow down trees, damage homes and knock out utility poles and wires causing wide spread power outages.

Why Prepare? Thunderstorms occur in most places, year-round and at any hour. That being said, Thunderstorms are VERY common in the spring and summer months throughout New England. Mass.gov sites, 10-30 days of thunderstorms each year. These storms can be extremely destructive and dangerous. This is why it is best to be prepared.

We’ve broken down the following preparedness tips into before, during and after thunderstorms.

Preparing BEFORE Thunderstorms

  • Be informed. Learn about your local community’s emergency warning system for severe thunderstorms
  • Discuss thunderstorm safety and lightning safety with the members of your household
  • Create an emergency plan so that you and your family know what to do, where to go and what you will need to protect yourselves from the effects of a thunderstorm.
  • Protect your animals by ensuring that any outside buildings that house them are protected in the same way as your home
  • Put together an emergency preparedness kit
  • If you have a basement or lower level of your property prone to flooding, buy and install sump pumps with back-up power.
  • If you already have a sump pump, check regularly to make sure it is functioning properly.
  • Clear clogged rain gutters to allow water to flow away from your home
  • Cut down or trim trees that may be in danger of falling on your home.
  • Review your insurance policies to see if you have adequate coverage. If you’re not sure you have enough coverage, talk to your agent or company.

Staying Safe DURING Thunderstorms & Severe Weather

  • Pay attention to alerts & warnings.
  • Watch for signs of a storm, like darkening skies, lightning flashes or increasing wind.
  • If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be in danger from lightning. If thunder roars, go indoors!
  • Avoid using electronic devices connected to an electrical outlet.
  • Avoid running water- Do not take a bath, shower or use plumbing.
  • Postpone outdoor activities if thunderstorms are likely to occur.
  • If you are outside and cannot reach a safe building, avoid high ground; water; tall, isolated trees; and metal objects. Picnic shelters, dugouts and sheds are NOT safe.
  • Do not drive through flooded roadways. Just six inches of fast-moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away. Turn Around. Don’t Drown! 

What To Do AFTER the Storm

  • Monitor media for updated emergency information and public safety announcements.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately.
  • Keep close watch on your animals. Keep them under your direct control.
  • Check your home for damage:
    • If you believe there is a gas leak, go outdoors immediately, and do not turn electrical switches or appliances on or off.
    • If your home or property is damaged, take photos or videos to document your damage, and contact your insurance company.
    • If your power is out, report power outage to utility  company.
  • Remember “Turn Around, Don’t Drown!” Don’t drive through flooded roads

Who should you call if your property is affected by storms and flooding? SERVPRO Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration

SERVPRO® of Worcester has experience restoring homes affected by storms and flooding. We can respond immediately with highly trained technicians who employ specialized equipment and techniques to restore your home or business back to pre-storm condition.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (508) 757-7885  

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Realtors Know, Clean Homes Sell Faster!

7/13/2021 (Permalink)

Uniformed SERVPRO Tech speaking with woman We Can Help Get Your Listing in top show condition. (508) 757-7885

It’s a fact: a clean, fresh smelling home sells faster.

First impressions are important. Most buyers want their new home to be fresh and inviting. They are looking for a clean slate, where they can picture building memories of their own.

Now, picture walking into a new listing and noticing dirt, mold, odors or neglect. It’s enough to send many potential buyers running for the door.

Experienced realtors encourage clients to keep their homes in top condition for very important reasons:

  • Increased market value
  • Reduced list to sale conversion times
  • Enhanced reputation for quality listings and quick sales

Unfortunately, not all homes are maintained the same way. Nearly all realtors have been faced with a difficult listing. This is where professional cleaning can help breathe new life into a less than ideal listing.

The Team at SERVPRO® of Worcester are professionally trained, certified and experienced in residential cleaning.

SERVPRO of Worcester has the expertise to provide a deeper clean than your basic house cleaning service. Our residential cleaning services will ease the burden of preparing your home sale and will help to create a safe, clean and comfortable living environment for your potential buyers.

You know SERVPRO as a leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration, but our professional residential cleaning services can make a dirt & neglect "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Residential Cleaning Services Include:­­

  • Carpet, Upholstery, Drapery and Blind Cleaning
  • Ceiling, Wall and Hard Floor Cleaning
  • Deodorization
  • Duct & HVAC Cleaning
  • Mold Mitigation & Remediation
     

The professionals at SERVPRO® of Worcester|  can help get your listing into show condition and ready to sell…fast.  Call us today (508) 757-7885 

From Leaks to Floods, SERVPRO® is Here to Help.

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Water Damage Icon Have Water or Flood Damage? Call Us Today – (508) 757-7885

When it Comes to Water Damage, No Job is Too Big or Too Small.

When Damage affects your home or business, you want it to be restored as soon as possible. The first 24 hours following a water incident are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage. Within four hours of loss notification a SERVPRO® professional will be on site to help ensure a water damage is handled by completing the following steps.

Inspection

We will inspect affected areas to determine the extent of water damage and will review the inspection with you to answer any questions before beginning any work.

Emergency Services

We will take steps to help protect your home or business, as well as personal belongings and other contents, from further damage by extracting the excess water and prepare the area for drying. They will explain the needed emergency services to you step-by-step.

Monitoring

To help ensure your home or business and belongings are dried to appropriate industry standards, a SERVPRO professional will monitor the drying process. The updates will be consistently communicated to you.

Restoration Services

We will repair structural materials, reinstall carpets and clean affected areas of  your property and belongings.  A final walk-through of the jobsite will be conducted with you to help ensure the property was returned to preloss condition

About SERVPRO of  Shrewsbury/Westborough

SERVPRO of Worcester specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Meet Our Crew: https://www.SERVPROworcester.com/employee-photos

Property Managers We Get You Back To Work Quickly.

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Tech in green hard hat checks out water damage Have Questions? Call Today – (508)757-7885 At SERVPRO our Goal is to help make it …"Like it never even happened."®

The professionals of SERVPRO of Worcester understand there’s no such thing as a small emergency when it can negatively impact occupant safety, revenue loss and business continuity. You and the those who depend on you will appreciate the rapid response, expertise and training that enables your team of SERVPRO® professionals to help get your facility back into operation quickly.

AT SERVPROour priority is returning damaged property and items to their preloss condition.
Whether natural or man-made, a disaster at one of your client’s facilities needs to be handled by professionals who understand the importance of your tenants’ safety. At SERVPRO our teams are trained in helping manage both commercial and multi-family properties during the recovery process while maintaining the security and safety of the facility and tenants. Our professionals work hard and fast to minimize the interruptions for your tenants’ daily operations.

Our experience with property management companies has given us the ability to provide a variety of detailed services for the following types of facilities:

  • Multi-Level Commercial Buildings
  • Multi-Tenant Facilities
  • Shopping Malls
  • Apartment Complexes
  • Hotels
  • Industrial Facilities

Have Questions? Call Today – (508)757-7885

At SERVPRO our Goal is to help make it …"Like it never even happened."®

Ask A SERVPRO Pro | How Can I Prevent BBQ Fires & Burn Injuries?

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

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In our July installment of “Ask a SERVPRO Pro” we speak with, Donny McKendall, President and Owner of SERVPRO of Worcester &  SERVPRO of Shrewsbury/Westborough. Donny offered safety tips to help outdoor chefs prevent fires & burn injuries.

Summer is almost here! That means people are spending more time outdoors entertaining and cooking. Local fire and disaster remediation specialist Donny McKendall of SERVPRO® of Worcester, SERVPRO Of Shrewsbury/Westborough knows that the number of grill fires will increase, peaking in July. “Charcoal and gas grills, barbeques and the like are involved in an average of more than 5,000 structure fires each year and almost 5,000 additional outdoor fires,” said McKendall. Beyond that, McKendall adds, grilling accidents result in 19,700 trips to the hospital annually. Thermal burns account for 9,500 of those visits, and children under the age of five account for an average of 2,000, or 39 percent, of those burns.1 McKendall knows that families can take steps to protect their home from damage and their family from injuries and still enjoy home-grilled, summer meals.

Before you grill: 1

  • READY: Clean grill racks and grease trays. For gas grills, check the gas tank hose for leaks at the beginning of the season.
  • SET: Choose a safe, firm, level spot for the grill away from coolers, running children and pets, and mingling guests. Grill outside, never in a garage or under the awning on a deck, the eaves of your home, or low-hanging branches.
  • GO: Prepare the grill for cooking carefully. For charcoal grills, use a charcoal chimney with newspaper, a charcoal starter fluid, or an electric charcoal starter plugged into an outdoor-rated extension cord. For gas grills, open the lid before turning the grill on. If you smell gas after the grill is lit, do not try to move the grill. Get away from the grill and call the fire department.

While you grill: 2

  • SAFE ZONE: Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the hot grill, both while you are cooking and after you serve the food. Grill surfaces can remain hot for an hour or more.
  • SAFE TOOLS: Use long-handled grill utensils in good condition; avoid loose, flowing clothing; and wear flame-retardant mitts to adjust vents to help prevent burns.
  • SAFE COOKING: Keep the fire under control. Manage flareups by adjusting grill height, using grill controls, or spreading out the coal bed. Keep baking soda within reach to control grease fires. Watch for blowing embers and have a fire extinguisher, a garden hose, or a bucket of sand handy to extinguish spark-triggered fires. Never attempt to move a hot grill.

“Home fires can be devastating, both financially and emotionally, because smoke and water damage often amplify the destruction to both the structure and its contents,” says McKendalll “While our SERVPRO-trained professionals are here to help you recover "Like it never even happened," if you do experience a structure fire, we believe that prevention is better than a cure. Fires and burn injuries caused by grills are not strictly a summer phenomenon. Nearly half of home grillers use their grill year-round, so it’s important to keep these safety guidelines in mind all year long.”

About June’s Featured “ SERVPRO Pro”

Donny McKendall, President
SERVPRO of Worcester & SERVPRO of Shrewsbury/Westborough

Drawing on generations of restoration knowledge and a commitment to excellence Donny has led the SERVPRO of Worcester team to new heights in capacity and capabilities.

A once young, rudimentary restoration service has developed into one of Central Massachusetts most reliable and capable full-service restoration companies.

Holding himself to the same high standards he sets for his team, Donny holds the following IICRC certifications: Applied Microbial Remediation Technician, Applied Structural Drying Technician, Commercial Drying Specialist, Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician, and Water Damage Restoration Technician.

About SERVPRO® of Worcester

The highly trained and certified professionals of SERVPRO of Worcester are experienced in cleaning and restoring a fire, mold or water-damaged building and its contents, including wall, ceiling and floor surfaces; furniture; fabric; fixtures and more. They also offer cleaning and restoration of special items, such as: HVAC duct systems; building exteriors; electronic equipment, including computers; and documents that have sustained water damage.

Additionally, SERVPRO® of  Worcester, is highly trained and experienced in biochemical spill remediation and decontamination. Adhering to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry standards (CDC, RIA, IICRC) and using EPA approved cleaning products you can trust the professionals at SERVPRO® to deliver the highest standard of clean.

About SERVPRO®

Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO Franchise System is a national leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO's professional services network of more than 1,800 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss situations. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 
(508) 757-7885

Is Your Property Ready For Whatever Could Happen?

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

AT SERVPRO® our priority is returning damaged property and items to their preloss condition. Whether natural or man-made, a disaster at one of your client’s facilities needs to be handled by professionals who understand the importance of your tenants’ safety. At SERVPRO® our teams are trained in helping manage both commercial and multi-family properties during the recovery process while maintaining the security and safety of the facility and tenants. Our professionals work hard and fast to minimize the interruptions for your tenants’ daily operations.

Our experience with property management companies has given us the ability to provide a variety of detailed services for the following types of facilities:

  • Multi-Level Commercial Buildings
  • Multi-Tenant Facilities
  • Shopping Malls
  • Apartment Complexes
  • Hotels
  • Industrial Facilities

When Damage Strikes, You Can Be Ruined or You Can Be Ready.

Many businesses have an emergency contingency plan in place, but few have a detailed understanding of how to get back into their buildings following a disaster. By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile  you minimize business interruption to your tenants’ daily operations by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

To access all of the SERVPRO® capabilities, services and additional benefits, visit https://ready.SERVPRO.com/ or call (508) 757-7885 to get started today.

Who Does the Hospitality Industry Call When Damage Strikes?

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

AT SERVPRO® we understand that keeping your guests satisfied is your top priority, and you can rest assured that you are ours. When disaster strikes at a hospitality facility, the help of a specialized team is critical in assuring that normal operations resume as quickly and safely as possible. Whether the cause is a coat hanger on a sprinkler head or a natural disaster, we work to efficiently isolate the damaged area so that basic functions can continue normally, and

guests can enjoy your services with minimal impact. Our professionals are trained to work with your management and maintenance teams to prioritize spaces and make sure that all areas are restored to your complete satisfaction.

Our experience in the hospitality industry has given us the ability to provide a variety of detailed services for the following hospitality facilities:

  • Hotels
  • Convention Centers
  • Casinos
  • Resorts
  • Entertainment Venues
  • Banquet Halls

When Damage Strikes, You Can Be Ruined or You Can Be Ready.

Many businesses have an emergency contingency plan in place, but few have a detailed understanding of how to get back into their buildings following a disaster. By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize disruption to your guests by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

To access all of the SERVPRO® capabilities, services and additional benefits, visit https://ready.SERVPRO.com/ or call (508) 757-7885 to get started today.

Ask A SERVPRO Pro | How Do I Prepare My Property for Severe Spring Weather?”

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

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In our April installment of “Ask a SERVPRO Pro” we speak with, Chuck Sargent, Business Development Representative & Senior Project Estimator at SERVPRO of Worcester. He is passionate about his work and holds multiple IICRC certifications including: Applied Microbial Remediation, Water Damage Restoration, and Odor Control.

The days are getting longer, temperatures are starting to climb, flowers are beginning to bloom. These are sure signs spring has sprung and with it comes spring weather.  We asked Chuck, “How Do I Prepare My Property For Severe Spring Weather?” This is what he had to say:

Spring weather can be unpredictable, swinging between warm and cold temperatures, clear skies and storms- often within the same day. When warm moist air collides with cool, dry air thunderstorms can occur, making them a common spring offender. Thunderstorms can bring lightning, flooding, and tornadoes. Dealing with the unknown can be a daunting task but with a little storm preparation you can protect your home and commercial property from severe spring weather. Planning ahead makes sense.

Know Your Risks & Sign Up For Weather Text Alerts

The more information you have, the easier it is to plan and prepare. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) sends text messages to keep you updated emergency situations. There is a FEMA app you can download to your phone. Additionally, your local weather channels, radio stations and power companies have similar services that let you know what’s happening in your region- being forewarned is forearmed

Get Familiar with Your Insurance Coverage

Insurance coverage is a great way to prepare for the unexpected. Review your policy. Not all home owner’s insurance covers flood damage, familiarize yourself with your coverage. Know that if more is needed, it can take up to 30 days to take effect.

Inspect Your Property

When you take care of your property it can take care of you.
Be on the lookout for the following things:

  • Check the foundation of your basement and along exterior walls to see if there are signs of new or past leaks. If you do find cracks or leaks, it would be wise to have them assessed and repaired by a professional specializing in foundation repairs and waterproofing. Taking care of them now can prevent further damage.
  • Consider having your roof inspected - make sure it hasn’t sustained winter damage and is ready for spring storms.
  • Check the siding to see if it’s firmly in place
  • Look for tree branches extending over your driveway or property that could fall in a storm.
  • Downspouts need to be in place, gutters should be firmly attached and free of debris- check for sagging or leaking.
  • Loose patio furniture should be secured or pulled inside when a storm comes.
  • Make sure unattached structures (gazeboes, sheds, etc.) should be bolted securely to their foundation.

Check Your Sump Pump

If you have a sump pump, now is the time make sure it working properly and perform any needed maintenance. Make sure to clear all debris so it doesn’t impede function and ensure your back-up is in working order.

Prepare For A Power Outage
Sometimes extreme spring storms can lead to power outages.
Here are some tips to prepare for when the lights go out the lights go out: 

  • Fire up your generator and be sure it’s in good working order.
  • Plug all your electronics in to surge protectors just in case there’s a surge while power is being restored.
  • Charge your phones and any other electronic devices.
  • Fill the car and generator gas cans with fuel.

SERVPRO of Worcester knows being ready for severe spring weather means planning ahead, performing regular maintenance on your property and being watchful after weather events but should the unexpected occur we’re Here to Help® 24/7.

Floods and storms don’t wait for normal business hours, and neither do we. You can depend on an immediate response from our highly trained technicians, who are available 24 hours, seven days a week.  Faster to Any Size Disaster and just a phone call away (508) 757-7885

For more information on recovering from water damage caused by weather-related disasters,

https://www.SERVPROworcester.com/storm-flooding-restoration

About April’s Featured “ SERVPRO Pro”

Chuck Sargent, Business Development Representative | Senior Project Estimator
SERVPRO of Worcester 

Chuck is a dedicated Business Development Representative | Senior Project Estimator at SERVPRO of Worcester | SERVPRO of Shrewsbury/Westborough.

He is passionate about his work and holds multiple IICRC certifications including: Applied Microbial Remediation, Water Damage Restoration, and Odor Control.

About SERVPRO® of Worcester

The highly trained and certified professionals of SERVPRO of Worcester are experienced in cleaning and restoring a fire, mold or water-damaged building and its contents, including wall, ceiling and floor surfaces; furniture; fabric; fixtures and more. They also offer cleaning and restoration of special items, such as: HVAC duct systems; building exteriors; electronic equipment, including computers; and documents that have sustained water damage.

Additionally, SERVPRO of Worcester is highly trained and experienced in biochemical spill remediation and decontamination. Adhering to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry standards (CDC, RIA, IICRC) and using EPA approved cleaning products you can trust the professionals at SERVPRO® to deliver the highest standard of clean.

For more information on SERVPRO of Shrewsbury/Westborough please contact Chuck Sargent at (508) 757-7885

About SERVPRO®

Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO Franchise System is a national leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO's professional services network of more than 1,800 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss situations. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

National Volunteer Week

4/8/2021 (Permalink)

Volunteer Icon, an outlineof a hand with a heart National Volunteer Week is April 18-24, 2021.

National Volunteer Week is April 18-24, 2021.

National Volunteer Week offers the opportunity for us all to celebrate, recognize, and encourage in volunteerism in our local and world community.

This year’s theme is: The Value of One, The Power of Many, which reflects on the awe-inspiring acts of kindness by millions of individuals and the magic that happens when we work together towards a common purpose.

This past year has been difficult for everyone but even in these unprecedented times we have seen people supporting family, friends, neighbors, and strangers. People have been standing up for their beliefs, and sharing insights on how to create a more just and equitable society.

The 2021 theme beautifully reflects the individual and collective efforts we have seen during the pandemic, and it sets the tone for re-imagining the next 20 years as the value of one act and the

power of many enables us to thrive together.

COVID-19 hasn’t slowed down the need for volunteers but it has altered how and where we can donate our time.  
While COVID-19 has limited some in-person volunteering opportunities your time and talents are of great value and need. VolunteerMatch has a COVID-19 response directory by geography of current opportunities for volunteers to help remotely or on-site. You may also want to check additional remote opportunities via United Nations Volunteers, a resource dedicated solely to matching virtual volunteers to much-needed support opportunities: https://www.onlinevolunteering.org/en Visit www.pointsoflight.org/nvwto find out more about National Volunteer Week and find out how you can make a difference.

Spring Can Deliver Severe Weather Surprises

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Storm Services Icon- Spring weather can deliver severe weather surprises, it's important to plan in advanced.

Local SERVPRO property damage restoration specialist offers property owners tips about possible hazards and advance planning tools

Spring brings warmer weather, longer days, and a much anticipated break from winter. It also brings a very real threat of severe weather, according to disaster recovery specialist, Donny McKendall of SERVPRO of Worcester. “The frequent change in cold and warm temperatures in spring creates an elevated risk for severe weather across the country,” said McKendall . “Ranging from flooding rain in the Northwest to thunderstorms and tornadoes in the Southeast, spring weather can be unpredictable at best and downright dangerous at worst.” 

“When you give some thought to the types of hazards a spring storm could produce, you can begin to plan for the safety of your family as well as your home or business,” said McKendall. Depending on where you live, here are some of the ways a spring storm might damage your home or business:

  • Water damage caused by flooding from melting snow, foundation washouts from coastal storms, frozen pipes that burst, sump pumps that fail during power outages, torrential downpours, or faulty air conditioning condensation lines during a heat wave.
  • Fire damage caused by use of alternate emergency heat sources, sprinkler systems that fail due to freezing pipes, downed power lines, or environmental conditions leading to structure fires.
  • Wind damage caused by fallen trees and limbs, damage to siding and roofs, and downed power lines. 

 “Of course, most of these hazards don’t happen in isolation,” said McKendall. “For example, tornadoes and violent thunderstorms put property owners at risk for water, fire, and wind damage. It’s important to understand which hazards might affect your property and your family, and then take the proper steps to prepare.” 

McKendall suggests investigating resources available online from the U.S. Government’s “Ready” program at https://www.ready.gov/severe-weather and other free tools, like the SERVPRO READY app at https://ready.SERVPRO.com/home/mobileapp. Home and business owners can use this app to store essential contact and property information electronically, and then access it in seconds with a mobile device. Local business owners who also designate SERVPRO of Worcester as their disaster mitigation and restoration provider gain peace of mind from a no-cost assessment of their facility conducted by SERVPRO professionals, who then assist the owner in completing a comprehensive Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) to be stored in the READY app. 

“Because it’s difficult to predict when severe weather will strike – or what form it may take – it’s important to plan in advance,” said McKendall.