Be prepared for outages during storm season
As the seasons change, Oregon and Southwest Washington will be entering storm season. Whether it be wind, rain, freezing precipitation, or thunderstorms, keeping your home prepared for weather emergencies is crucial. Here at SERVPRO of Tigard/Tualatin/Lake Oswego/West Linn and Beaverton, we’re passionate about signal-boosting preparedness information to our communities.
No matter the storm event, there is always a risk of power outages in your power network. Power outages may disrupt communications, water, and transportation. They may also create obstacles to business as usual, such as preventing you from being able to use gas stations, ATMs, banks, and other services as normal. At the most critical, power outages can cause food spoilage, water contamination, and disrupt medical devices, posing health risks to communities.
Review these steps to see how you can protect yourself and your household in the event of a power outage:
- Keep freezers and refrigerators closed until power is back on.
- Only use generators outdoors and away from windows.
- Do not use a gas stove to heat your home.
- Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges.
- Have alternate plans for refrigerating medicines or using power dependent medical devices.
- If safe, go to an alternative location for heat and cooling.
- Check on neighbors.
To read more about how you prepare for power outages and storm events, visit ready.gov. If you experience storm damage to your home, make sure to call SERVPRO of Tigard/Tualatin/Lake Oswego/West Linn and Beaverton at 503-684-5829 as soon as possible - even without power, we are able to respond 24/7 during storm events.