Tuesday June 14th, 2016 The Minneapolis and surrounding metro areas are under a storm warning and tornado watch. Residents can expect high winds, large hail and possible tornadoes. The watch is in effect until 10 pm CST.
As we brace ourselves for another of mother natures unpredictable storms there are some important things to think about before the Minneapolis storm weather comes to your home.
In event of a tornado from the Minneapolis storm make sure you have a place to get safety. This may be a basement, crawlspace, storm shelter or even a bathtub if no other options are available. you will want to keep you and your loved ones away from windows and doors.
It is always good to have a backup emergency kit for if the power or other utilities become unavailable. Such things in a kit like this may be flashlight, water, batteries, food items etc.
Make sure to unplug any electronics that you want to protect if lightening strikes from the Minneapolis storm. Surge protectors will provide some safety for your valuable personal files and electronics but unplugging such items is the safest way to make sure the information on them and the item itself is safe from damage.
Are all of your belongings that are susceptible to wind or hail in safe location? (vehicles, personal belongings, plants etc.) If you can place these items so they can be shielded form high winds or falling hail such as inside a garage or under shelter to protect them.
If the Minneapolis storm severe weather does affect you or your home it can cause all sorts of damage. From hail damage to wind damage it is important that after the storm you make sure than your home and your possessions are accounted for and are safe. Look for items that may have blown away and make sure to do a walk around your home to see if there are any changes to your roofing or siding. High winds can cause shingles or siding to become detached and may lead to potential leaks.
If you have shingles or siding missing after the storm it is important to call a LOCAL contractor such as Northface Construction IMMEDIATELY to come and address the issue. We will come and either fix the damage on the spot or provide temporary tarping or other boarding up services to protect the rest of your home.
If you had hail at your house it is important to take pictures of the hail left on the ground and to call Northface Construction to come and assess if there is hail damage to you shingles and other areas of your home. Hail damage usually cannot be seen from the ground so it is important to have a professional HAAG Engineering Certified inspector come and assess the potential damage.
We hope that this information is helpful to all of you, please share with family and friends so they can follow the right steps to protect themselves and their property during severe weather such as today.