Gulf Coast Storms
Grab your galoshes and umbrellas Tampa natives because this storm from the Gulf isn’t dissipating any time soon. This low pressure system is expected to cast clouds over Tampa through the weekend and into next week with a possibility of the storms dampening Memorial Day weekend plans — if you’ve scheduled any outdoor activities, try moving them to a safer and drier indoor location.
Until these tropic storms have passed, the Tampa area has high risks of flash flooding, torrential downpours, high humidity, and possible travel disruptions.
Storm Prep and Keeping Dry During Flooding
With heavy and unexpected storms you want them to pass and have minimal personal and property damages. That’s why it’s recommended to take necessary home preparation steps to keep your family safe and protect your home. Before the storm, perform these tasks to protect your home from moisture and flood damage:
- Relocate or tie down outdoor furniture and other items to prevent flood damage.
- Disconnect electrical appliances and devices to avoid potential electrocution.
- Locate main power and gas lines in case you need to shut them off.
- Ensure your house is properly maintained to adequately handle the excess water — keep gutters clean, check sealant around doors and windows, and cover air vents, so water can’t find a way into your home.
In addition to making sure your home is properly sealed, create an emergency plan and ki,t and communicate with your family members steps of the strategy. Make sure your supply kit is equipped with a flashlight and extra batteries, non-perishable food, water, first aid items, and medications. During storms, keep an emergency radio or television tuned to stay up-to-date on the latest storm developments and be prepared to evacuate — on foot — to high ground.
Safety Tips During a Flash Flood
With such a heavy storm making its way into Tampa and likely lasting through Memorial Day, flash flood risks are incredibly high and safety precautions should be understood by local residents to avoid dangers and injury. During instances of flooding, keep in mind:
- Don’t attempt walking or driving through water water. Six inches of moving water can knock you over and one foot can sweep away vehicles.
- Move immediately to high ground and evacuate if directed.
- Know where any nearby streams or canals are located, so you’re not cut off by flooding when you attempt to evacuate.
- Don’t use food that’s contacted flood water.
How To Safely Be In a Power Outage
During any storm there’s a high likelihood that power in your neighborhood will go out. Hopefully, these outages are brief or you have a generator safely located outside to maintain your comfort for the duration of the storm. If you experience a power outage, follow these steps to safely navigate the darkness:
- Keep your emergency kit nearby and fully stocked with a flashlight and extra batteries, water, non-perishable food items, first aid, and medication. Never use candles during a blackout because they could pose a potential fire hazard.
- Plug in all electronics and appliances to surge protectors or unplug them from outlets. If the power surges, items like computers could become damaged.
- Keep your refrigerator closed so the contents stay cold and don’t spoil.
When You Need to Dry Off, Call 911 Restoration of Tampa
After these drawn out storms, your home or property may have unwanted water damage. To quickly and properly restore your home and prevent personal and structural damages, contact the experts at 911 Restoration of Tampa. We have years of experience and training remediating water damage throughout the Tampa area and provide free estimates for water damage restoration services. To learn more, call us today at 813-280-0696.