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Flood Damage in Indianapolis and How to Stay Safe

5/29/2020 (Permalink)

This picture shows sand bags stacked in front of a home protecting it from floodwaters. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Sometimes floods develop slowly in Indianapolis, and forecasters can anticipate where a flood will happen days or weeks before it occurs. Often flash floods can occur within minutes and sometimes without any sign of rain. Being prepared can save your property and give you peace of mind.

Prepare Your Home

1. If you have access to sandbags or other materials, use them to protect your home from floodwaters if you have sufficient time to do so. Filling sandbags can take more time than you may think.

2. Have a professional install check-valves in plumbing to prevent floodwaters from backing up into the drains of your home.

Make sure your sump pump is working and consider having a backup. Make sure your electric circuit breakers, or fuses, are marked for each area of your home.

3. Since standard homeowners insurance doesn't always cover flooding, ensure coverage by contacting your insurance company or agent to purchase flood insurance.

Many flood insurance policies take at least 30 days to go into effect, so even if you can buy it as a storm is approaching, it may not protect your investment.

Create a Communication Plan

It is essential to be able to communicate with your family and friends in the event of a disaster. Having a communication plan in place will give you peace of mind if disaster does strike your Indianapolis home or business.

Predetermine a specific person to contact for status updates. It's also good to have a safe location to meet up with family members.

Assemble an Emergency Kit

It is good practice to have enough food, water, and medicine on hand at all times to last you at least three days in the case of an emergency.

Water service may be interrupted or unsafe to drink, and food requiring little cooking and no refrigeration may be needed if electric power is interrupted.

It would be best if you also had batteries, blankets, flashlights, first aid kit, rubber boots, rubber gloves, and a NOAA Weather Radio or other battery-operated radio readily available.

Call SERVPRO for Help

Flood damage can be devastating to your Indianapolis home or business. Call the storm damage and clean up professionals at SERVPRO of Indianapolis West.317-243-3149

We have the experience and equipment to handle all types of damage from floodwaters, sewage overflows, busted water pipes, and mold growth. We are available 24/7 for any size disaster.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

 Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities reopen, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral, pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry-leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique. 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

Consult

Every Indianapolis business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high-frequency touchpoints, foot traffic, and congestion points.

Clean

Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff performs. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for the cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials. In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 

Certify

Once your Indianapolis business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Indianapolis West today at 317-243-3149 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Consultation.

Does Home Insurance Cover Water Damage To Your Indiana Home?

5/15/2020 (Permalink)

When water damage happens, most people are so upset and frustrated that they don’t think about whether the water damage will be covered by their homeowner's insurance. In this blog, we will help answer the question of whether home insurance covers water damage and if it does, does it cover all water damage.

Sudden Water Damage

If you wake up the next morning after a storm rolls through Indiana and discover your basement is flooded, you will want to do two things. Call your insurance agent to start a claim and call SERVPRO of Indianapolis West to extract the water and repair the damage done. 

With sudden water damage like that from a sump pump gone bad, a busted water pipe, or an overflowing toilet or tub; most homeowners insurance policies will cover the water damage. Sudden water damage is water damage that is discovered quickly rather than water damage that has been occurring over months or years. 

With sudden water damage, your home insurance will most likely help cover any damage to the home structure like flooring, walls, ceilings, pipes, and more. The insurance will also most likely cover any damage to property like furniture, electronics, clothes, toys, and appliances. 

With most homeowners' policies, there is a deductible that the homeowner must pay before coverage kicks in. There also may be coverage limits. That is why it’s important to call your home insurance company right away to get a claim started and to answer any questions you may have about what is covered and what is not. The professionals at SERVPRO of Indianapolis West will also be able to help with communicating with your insurance agent as they have years of experience working with pretty much every insurance company out there. We know what info they need in order to get the cleanup process started right away. 

The last area that your homeowner's insurance may cover is sudden leaking from plumbing. If your toilet or tub overflows, then your insurance will most likely cover it. If a pipe bursts or comes loose and leaking water is discovered with hours and sometimes days, your insurance may cover it. If the water leak occurs and you stop the leak but don’t report the damage quickly within hours and days, you may be on the hook to cover the damage. Again, it’s a good idea to ask your insurance company about the specifics of what type of water damage they cover and how soon you should report it for them to cover it. 

What Water Damage Doesn’t Your Homeowners Insurance Cover?

If a pipe has been leaking for weeks or even months causing water damage, your homeowner's insurance policy will probably not cover it. Even if the water damage isn’t visible until it seeps through a ceiling over weeks, it may not cover it. If a toilet or sink slowly leaks and rots away the floor underneath it until you notice a soft spot in the floor months later, your home insurance will most likely deny your claim. Still, you should contact your insurance agent and ask to see if they will cover the damage. Every insurance company is different and has slight tweaks to what they do and don’t cover. 

If the water damage is the result of a creek or river flooding your home or basement will not be covered by a standard homeowner's insurance policy. If you live by a river or stream that is prone to flooding or you live in a floodplain, you need to purchase separate flood insurance to cover any water damage from a flood. 

The other type of water damage that many don’t know that their policy won’t cover is backups from the outside sewer or storm drains. This backup usually occurs in basements and can create a really stinky mess. Ask your insurance company if your policy covers sewer backups? Some require additional coverage to cover this type of water damage. 

One last thing, if your water damage is caused by an appliance that breaks like a dishwasher or clothes washer, while the water damage it caused will usually be covered, they may not cover the replacement of the broken appliance. This is because they may consider the damage to the appliance as normal wear and tear. 

Call the Indianapolis Water Damage Cleanup Experts

We hope we made it a little clearer about what is covered and what is not from water damage. As we said, please contact your insurance agent to understand exactly what your homeowner's policy covers and what it does not. If you should suffer water damage, whether, from a broken pipe or flooding, we at SERVPRO of Indianapolis West can help with the cleanup and restoration. We have the tools and experience to handle any size disaster and we’re available 24/7 to answer any emergency. Give SERVPRO of Indianapolis West a call when disaster strikes your home. 

Commercial Restoration

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

This photograph is of an apartment complex that suffered a fife loo with SERVPRO vehicles responding. We can handle any size commercial loss.

Commercial Water Damage

Water damage can happen in many ways. Heavy rain, sprinkler line break, or there could be an overflowing toilet that causes damage in a structure. A frozen pipe could burst and cause extensive damage in the wintertime. A burst pipe or a leaking roof in a manufacturing plant can shut down the production line causing huge losses. Our goal is to minimize downtime and to get your business back up and running at full speed. 

Commercial Fire Damage

A fire in your commercial building can result in extensive damage. Even small, contained fires that are isolated and extinguished quickly can cause extensive damage. It's the smoke that travels seemingly everywhere that is the culprit and causes most damage after a fire. Smoke can get into the ductwork and quickly spread throughout the building. With fire and smoke damage, it's essential to hire fire restoration professionals that can quickly restore your business, warehouse, or retail space. 

Call A Large Loss Specialist

When any of these events happen, it's essential to call restoration professionals immediately to mitigate the damage. When hiring a commercial restoration and cleanup company, it's vital to make sure they have the expertise and equipment to handle large scale jobs. Our location has the experience to handle any size job, from a two-story to a twenty-two story high-rise. 

Whether it's a fire, flood or, storm damage SERVPRO of Indianapolis West has the experience, equipment, to make it "Like it never even happened." If you have a small retail store, warehouse or, a multi-building complex, call the commercial restoration experts at SERVPRO of Indianapolis West at 317-243-3149.

Fire Damage Restoration Tips for Indianapolis Homeowners

4/26/2020 (Permalink)

Firefighters fighting a house fiire. Fire Damage Restoration Tips for Indianapolis Homeowners

It doesn’t take much for a fire to start. Every day, fires occur in homes across Indianapolis. Fires can start from faulty appliances, lightning, cooking, or forgetting to blow out a candle before leaving a room. If a fire should happen at your home, below are some tips to remember to keep you and your family safe and to make the cleanup and restoration process go smoother and quicker.

Don’t Enter Home Immediately After a Fire

Even a little tiny house fire can result in dangerous conditions in your home. A fire can cause damage to the home’s structure that could lead to a ceiling, wall, or floor collapsing and hurting someone. If the fire was put out with water, there could be a risk of electrical shock. Also, depending on what burned, there could be harmful vapors or residue left in the home. Don’t enter your home immediately after a fire until the fire department has given the all-clear. The firefighters will make sure all of the fire is extinguished and that there is no danger to entering the home. If there is danger, they may not let you enter or they may cordon off certain areas of your home that may be dangerous. 

Secure Sensitive Documents

Once you are allowed to enter your home after a fire, it’s important to secure any sensitive documents or items. These can include birth certificates, social security cards, insurance papers, financial documents, valuable jewelry, gold, and coins. If you have to move out of your home due to the fire, you want to secure anything that you wouldn’t want to lose especially if your home is vulnerable to thieves and vandals as a result of the fire. If you don’t already have a small fire safe to store sensitive documents and valuables, you may want to invest in one. A fire safe will keep these documents safe if a fire should happen. 

Contact a Fire Damage Restoration Company

While you may want to start cleaning up right away, it’s best to call a fire damage restoration company, like SERVPRO of Indianapolis West. They can quickly assess the damage and determine the best way to clean up and ultimately restore your home. They also have years of experience working with insurance companies and will know what to do to make the process smoother and easier for you. The reason why you don’t want to start cleaning is that you could be creating more damage by using the wrong cleaning solutions and/or equipment. 

Extract the Water & Dry Damaged Rooms

One of the first steps a fire damage restoration company will do is to extract the water that the fire department used to put out the fire if they used water. Some times with smaller fires, they may just use extinguishers which can contain powders, water, or other agents that will also need to be cleaned up. Once the water has been extracted, there still may be moisture in the air and seated deep into carpet pads and porous surfaces. The moisture is usually removed with commercial blowers and dehumidifiers. The reason it is so important to remove the water and dry out the damaged areas is to prevent mold from growing and creating further damage. The professional fire restoration company may also use products and equipment to keep mold from occurring. 

Do Not Throw Anything Away - Wait for Insurance Adjuster

Do not move anything or throw anything out or clean up anything until your insurance company has seen the damage. They will usually show up on-site to assess the damage and work with the restoration company to determine what damage is covered and what steps to take. If you do have to throw anything out or move anything, take lots of pictures of all of the damage before you or the restoration company touches anything. It’s usually a good idea to call your insurance agent right away after a fire to ensure you follow the right steps and do the right thing to make sure they cover your claim.

Save the Salvageable 

Once you have been given the clear by your insurance company to proceed with the cleanup, you will want to save anything that is salvageable. The experts at SERVPRO of Indianapolis West can help determine what can be cleaned up and what isn’t salvageable. Your insurance company agent or adjuster can also give insight into what is not salvageable and whether it is covered under your insurance to replace. You may be surprised what can be saved, so it’s important to ask the fire restoration pros at SERVPRO of Indianapolis West before tossing anything. They have specialized equipment and tools that can clean up some household items. 

When it Comes to Home Fires, SERVPRO of Indianapolis West Can Help

We hope you never have to experience a fire at your home. But if you do, no matter how small or big the damage is, SERVPRO of Indianapolis West can help with the cleanup and restoration. We have the experience and tools to quickly help return your home and your life back to normal. If disaster should strike your Indianapolis home, give SERVPRO of Indianapolis a call 24/7.

Why SERVPRO

4/8/2020 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Indianapolis West for immediate action.

#1 IICRC Certified Professionals

The IICRC is the leading, independent, non-profit, certification, and standard-setting body in the cleaning, inspection, and restoration industry. When choosing water damage, mold remediation, and fire and smoke restoration company, be sure to ask if they are properly accredited.

At SERVPRO of Indianapolis West, our teams hold IICRC certifications in water removal Technician (WRT), applied structural drying (AST), mold remediation technician, and lead paint remediation. The team also participates in on going training at SERVPRO's corporate training facility. 

Stress-Free Claims Process

SERVPRO of Indianapolis West is a preferred service provider with most insurance companies in Central Indiana. This gives us the knowledge and understanding to help you process your insurance claim quickly and easily.

For a stress-free claims process, SERVPRO works with your insurance to help manage the insurance process and paperwork. If you should need cleanup and restoration services to your home or business, call the experts at SERVPRO of Indianapolis West.

We have the expertise, knowledge, and advanced equipment, restore your home or business, and make it "Like it never even happened." Contact us online here or call us at 317-243-3149.

We Can Handle Any Disaster

At SERVPRO of Indianapolis West, not only can we handle any size disaster, but we can also handle almost any type of emergency.

Our highly trained crews and fully equipped warehouse of equipment and materials are ready 24/7 365 to respond to your disaster. If you've just experienced a fire in your home, we can help you. If your business only suffered from massive flooding, we've got the tools and experience to help.

If your basement flooded and your suffering from water and mold damage, we can help. We can handle fire damage, smoke damage, mold damage, water damage, storm damage, and more.

Give the Residential and Commercial Restoration and Cleaning Pros a Call

If your home or business should suffer from mold damage, water damage, or fire damage, give the restoration and cleaning pros at SERVPRO of Indianapolis West.

Whether it's in the middle of the night, a holiday, or on the weekend, we are willing and ready to assist you in your damage cleanup and restoration. No job is too small, and no job is too big. We can handle it all at SERVPRO of Indianapolis West.

Reasons To Call SERVPRO Today

4/8/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Indianapolis West is the only cleaning and restoration you'll ever need.

Ready for Any Emergency 24/7

A disaster can strike at any time and any day, which is why SERVPRO of Indianapolis West is ready to answer your call 24/7. With water damage, time is of the essence, and it’s essential to start the process of removing the water quickly before it can cause further damage or lead to mold growth. SERVPRO of Indianapolis West realizes that every water damage situation is an emergency, which is why they are ready to help out whether it’s day or night. 

Advanced Equipment

SERVPRO has treatments and techniques with over 50 years of experience and 50 years of learning the best techniques and the right procedures for cleaning and restoring business and homes from fire and water damage.

Along with the best treatments and techniques come some of the most advanced equipment in the industry. Trust and reliability and excellent results come from 50 years of experience dealing with every disaster imaginable. 

Our Centralized Location

Our office is located near I-465 and 10th Street on the west side of Indianapolis, with instant access to the interstate system, we can be anywhere in the entire city and the surrounding area quickly. We’re just minutes from downtown Indy. If your property is anywhere in Central Indiana, we will react immediately to your call and arrive on the scene fast.

Contact the Damage Restoration Pros Who Are Faster to Any Disaster

The pros at SERVPRO of Indianapolis West are here to help make it “Like it never even happened,” if one of those disasters comes your way. They’re only a call away! Faster to any size disaster.

This is not just another tag line for SERVPRO—it is a commitment to be there when you need them most. If you should suffer a fire, water, storm, or mold damage, give SERVPRO of Indianapolis West a call for a fast response to any and every disaster.

Large Scale Commercial Cleanup

3/28/2020 (Permalink)

Large Scale Commercial Cleanup

While many cleanup and restoration companies can handle small fire and water damages, like a flooded small business or a house fire, very few can large scale disasters. The disasters like major hurricanes, massive tornadoes, and catastrophic fires can grind businesses to a halt, displace hundreds of people from their homes, and even shut down entire city blocks. 

At SERVPRO of Indianapolis West, we have the capabilities and the expertise to handle large loss recoveries. Our team has responded to hurricanes, tornadoes, and wildlife disasters across the United States. We understand when businesses are completely shut down due to natural or man-made disasters, that every second that they are closed affects their bottom line, their employees’ lives, and their customers’ lives.  We pride ourselves on our commitment to working with our clients to ensure their business and/or home is cleaned and restored as quickly as possible.

Large Loss Recovery Services

SERVPRO of Indianapolis West has the technology, the equipment, and the expertise to handle any size disaster, anytime, and anywhere. Our team is ready to mobilize and start the cleanup and restoration process 24/7. Our large loss services are much like our small scale restoration services, just larger and more capable. Large loss recovery services include:

  • Water Damage Restoration - Whether from a natural flood or broken water pipes, we can extract the water, dry the damaged area, clean up the mess, and restore your water damaged property quickly and efficiently.
  • Fire Damage Restoration - We have the equipment and resources to handle even the largest of fires. We have the expertise to clean up the fire and smoke and restore any damage to the property. SERVPRO has decades of experience removing smoke odor and fire damage. 
  • Commercial Mold Remediation - Mold can happen slowly over time or quickly after a devastating flood or sewer backup. Our team has the knowledge and training in mold remediation to ensure mold spores are removed safely and effectively.
  • Commercial Cleanup - Our team can deep clean facilities that have suffered a viral outbreak, like the recent Corinavirus outbreak. We can also clean up after sewer backups, vandalism, or just from normal wear and tear. 
  • Storm Damage Restoration - Major storms like tornadoes and hurricanes can bring substantial damage to businesses and homes through flooding, fires, wind damage and more. Our commercial restoration team is prepared and ready to be on the scene should a major disaster strike. 

When it Comes to Major Disasters, SERVPRO Can Help

At SERVPRO of Indianapolis West, our team is prepared to handle any size disaster. Whether it is a cleanup and restoration after a small house or a deep cleanup of a massive factory after a 100-year flood, we have the tools, equipment, and resources to handle it all. We have helped factories, single-family homes, multi-business high rises, school campuses, warehouses, office complexes, retail stores, medical facilities, and manufacturer plants get back to business as usual. If disaster should strike your business or home, give SERVPRO of Indianapolis a call.

Increased Cleaning to Fight Cornavirus in Indianapolis Businesses

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

Increased Cleaning to Fight Cornavirus in Indianapolis Businesses

If you’ve visited any place of business recently, you may have seen an increase in cleaning procedures happening. Grocery stores are now supplying disinfectant wipes to clean off shopping carts before each use. Employees are wiping down door handles every 30-minutes in high traffic areas. Some retail stores have placed tape on the floor every 6-feet at cash registers to persuade customers to stand apart from each other.

Businesses everywhere are taking unprecedented steps to keep their employees and customers healthy. So what can you do personally to help reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus and how can professional cleaners like SERVPRO of Indianapolis West help also.

How You and Your Employees Can Fight Coronavirus

It’s important that you communicate with your employees on how to reduce the spread of coronavirus. Since there is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus, it is important to follow CDC guidelines to protect yourself and your coworkers. If you and your employees can work from home, it is highly encouraged to do so. If you and your employees have to work at your business, there are certain things you and your employees can do to protect yourselves:

  • Avoid Close Contact - Practice social distancing by avoiding large crowds and keeping at least six feet away from other people. Don’t shake hands when greeting someone. If there are people that you know are sick or are showing signs of being sick, try to limit your exposure to them.
  • Keep Your Hands Clean - Practice washing your hands or using hand sanitizer every time you touch any surfaces like door handles, stair railings, elevator buttons, counters, shipping packages, mail, and gas pump handles. Avoid touching your face, mouth and eyes. 
  • Stay Home if You're Sick - If you have a runny nose, cough, fever, and/or shortness of breath, stay home and call your doctor. Your doctor may want you to stay home for up to two weeks to make sure that you aren’t contagious. If you do test positive for COVID-19, it’s important that you notify your workplace so they can take steps to clean and disinfect the areas that you work in. If you are sick and must go out in public, please wear a facemask to prevent the spread of the virus you may have.
  • Frequently Clean Heavy Traffic Surfaces - Make it a daily habit of spraying a disinfectant and wiping down frequently touched surfaces like doors, handles, tables, light switches, and counters. 

How SERVPRO Can Fight Coronavirus

At SERVPRO of Indianapolis West, they have the equipment and expertise to provide regular preventive cleaning and coronavirus cleanup services after an outbreak and/or exposure in a business. As a commercial large loss service provider, we can handle any size job from a single-family home to a twenty-story high-rise. 

If you have a business with high traffic or at risk of contagion, SERVPRO of Indianapolis West can help keep your building, your employees, and your customers safe and healthy. Give us a call for preventive cleaning and coronavirus cleanup. We’re available 24/7 and can work around your business’s schedule to keep your business safe and clean. 

Are You Prepared for Tornado Season?

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

Are You Prepared for Tornado Season?

This week in Indiana is Severe Weather Preparedness Week. Severe weather in Indiana is usually flooding, heavy rain and wind, and tornadoes. In this blog, we will cover how you and your family can be prepared in the event a tornado is approaching your home and property. 

What is a Tornado?

A tornado is a rotating column of air that occurs during a thunderstorm. The wind speed of a tornado can reach up to 300mph. Tornadoes can easily destroy homes and buildings, uproot trees, and hurl vehicles and objects like deadly missiles. Tornadoes can leave a path of damage up to a mile wide and many miles long. Due to the dangerous winds and flying objects, it’s important to seek shelter and hunker down when a tornado is in the area. 

Understanding Tornado Watches and Tornado Warnings

If you live in Indiana, you know Spring is the season of tornadoes. With tornadoes, come tornado watches and tornado warnings that are issued by the National Weather Service. So what is the difference between a “watch” and a “warning”? A tornado watch is issued and communicated through radio, television, and the internet when tornadoes are possible in the area. Usually, the area is the path of the storm where tornadoes are possible and can cover one county, multiple counties, or a partial part of a county or counties. When a warning is issued, it’s important to stay tuned in the event the watch turns into a warning. It’s also a good idea to stay inside if you are located in the watch path. 

A tornado warning is issued when a tornado has been sighted or spotted by weather radar. If you are in the path of a warning, you need to take immediate action and seek shelter immediately and hunker down. If the tornado warning is not in your area but looks to be heading your way, you need to prepare in case it reaches your home and pay close attention to the radio, television or the Internet for updates. Tornado warnings usually cover a smaller area than a tornado watch.

Preparing for a Tornado

If a tornado is heading towards your home, do you and your family know what to do? It’s important to be prepared in the event of severe weather like tornadoes. With tornadoes, you need to identify a room in your home where you and your family can hunker down and stay safe. The room should be at the lowest level of your home and away from any windows and exterior doors. Usually, the room is in the basement or if there is no basement, a room in the middle of your home, like a closet or bathroom. Also, if you have time, don’t forget your pets if possible. You should also have pillows and blankets to cover up with and stay warm. Also water, food, first aid kit, and flashlights are good things to have in the room if you have time.

During a Tornado

If a tornado is approaching, seek shelter immediately and head to your safe room that you and your family chose in the event of a tornado. Kneel and cover your head. You may also want to cover yourself with blankets to protect yourself from flying debris. If you are outside and can’t make it to your home, seek a low lying area like a ditch. If you are in your home and can’t make it to your safe room, seek shelter in an interior bathroom or closet. 

After a Tornado

Once the tornado has passed, check to make sure everyone is accounted for and safe. If there sever damage to your home or water damage, avoid touching any light switches or wires. If the roof or walls are damaged, seek an area of your home that is not damaged or head outside if safe. Damaged walls, ceilings, and roofs can collapse and severely hurt you. Once you and your family are safe, check on your neighbors to make sure they are safe and accounted for. Call 911 if anyone is injured or unaccounted for. 

Contact SERVPRO of Indianapolis West for Tornado and Severe Weather Cleanup 

If your home been damaged by severe weather or a tornado, contact SERVPRO of Indianapolis West for severe weather cleanup. SERVPRO of Indianapolis West can handle any size disaster from a single home to a whole neighborhood to a twenty store high-rise in Indianapolis. Whether you have water damage, storm damage, fire damage, or all types of damage, SERVPRO of Indianapolis West has the expertise and equipment to handle it. Contact them anytime 24/7 if severe weather hits your home.