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How To Keep Safe in a Thunderstorm

3/31/2020 (Permalink)

Lightning rod on roof Maintain a lightning rod if one is on the property

How To Keep Safe in a Thunderstorm

A severe thunderstorm can unleash massive amounts of energy on your business in Summerlin, NV, in a short amount of time. It is a rain storm with a big bite. Winds can easily exceed 60 miles per hour. Hail stones sometimes as large as an inch in diameter can pound windows and roofs. Flooding can occur. Your focus when dealing with a big storm is the protection of your property and the safety of your employees and customers. The safety concern can be broken down to a before, a during and an after. Before a storm the following actions are helpful:

  • Trim trees and shrubs that might fall on buildings
  • Maintain a lightning rod if one is on the property
  • Educate employees with drills and information
  • Designate a safe area

During the Storm

When the rain storm is underway, employees should be urged to stay away from windows and skylights, especially if lightning is active. If it is too dangerous, workers should head to the safest place in the building, and all outdoor activities should be cancelled. It is crucial the everyone stays away from electrical systems and uses battery-powered devices. If possible, listen to local news outlets for real time information on the storm. As long as it is still safe, shutter windows and close doors securely to protect against high winds.

After the Storm

This is the time to verify that everyone is okay, and to seek medical attention as needed. A quick assessment of the property will give you a good idea if any dangerous damage exists, such as downed power lines or flooded areas. For help with recovery from a severe rain storm, a professional storm remediation team in your area has the tools and the training to respond to a disaster. All water from flooding should be considered contaminated. A trained team will have the necessary PPE equipment to deal with an emergency cleanup.

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