AFTER THE STORM: Commonly Overlooked Concerns

The calm after the storm……..A time to painstakingly assess any damages that may have occurred, and subsequently deliberate the most effective and efficient way to restore life back to normal.

‘Normal’ however, is a relative term……flippantly used to refer to ‘the way things used to be’…….

In the worst case scenario, a new normal may have to be established as was the case with Hurricane Katrina back in 2005. More often than not however, life gradually resumes as if nothing ever happened…..with much less effort.

snow-storm-smallAs we currently find ourselves in the aftermath of ‘Winter Storm Jonas’, (which made its conspicuous presence along the Eastern Seaboard of the United States this past weekend), it might behoove us to consider certain pertinent precautions, as we diligently work to revert back to ‘life before Jonas’!

Whether you were at home or away from home during the storm, once your ‘post-storm cleanup’ begins, please be wary of the following:

Carbon Monoxide
One of the most dreaded inconveniences of a natural disaster is the ‘P-phrase’…..Power Outage! When that happens, our natural inclination is to reach for next alternative source of fuel or electricity for heating, cooking and lighting. However, most of these alternative power sources emit a colorless, odorless and poisonous gas known as Carbon Monoxide which has the tendency to accumulate in confined spaces like our homes and garages. If inhaled for an extended period of time, this gas, has the potential to cause sudden illness or even death! So, what you don’t know CAN hurt you!

Suggestion:

  • Read more about Carbon Monoxide here via the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Carbon Monoxide Information Center.
  • Install a Carbon Monoxide Monitor and Alarm in your home.

Mold
Storms are usually accompanied by an abundance of moisture, and mold is a fungus that thrives with moisture. During winter, the combination of heat from our heating systems, and moisture from the atmosphere as well as internal leaks, create the perfect environment for mold to grow. As it grows, it produces spores which tend to ‘camp out’ in the air supply ducts of our homes where ‘they’ patiently await an opportune moment to launch their detrimental attack on respiratory systems…..as we unsuspectingly breathe them in!

Suggestion:

  • Read more about mold here via the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Mold Information Site.
  • Due to the potentially hazardous nature of mold, arrange for a professional to ‘scout’ the most susceptible places in your home (such as the basement, attic and bathroom) for evidence of mold. If mold is detected, arrange to undergo mold remediation as soon as is feasibly possible to protect you and your loved ones from any unnecessary health issues.

Air Duct System
During a storm, moisture may collect in the air supply ducts of your home. Moisture, in combination with dirt and debris, will serve as a potential breeding ground for microorganisms like mold, fungi, bacteria and viruses. When we breathe in ‘microbe- contaminated’ air, we become susceptible to a myriad of respiratory diseases.

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Electrical Hazards
After a storm, be extremely vigilant about potential electrical hazards in and around your home. Although there are many do’s and don’ts about this topic, the most apparent ‘don’t’ is “NEVER touch a fallen power line under any circumstance!”

Suggestion:

  • Read more about ‘how to protect yourself and others from electrical hazards after a disaster’ here via the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) information sheet.

Fallen Trees & Branches
Winter storms and fallen trees/branches usually go hand in hand. No matter how you look at it, fallen trees and loose tree limbs are potentially hazardous and simply have to go!

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We currently service the Washington D.C Metropolitan Area.

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