Be Prepared for the Summer Storm Season with Go Mini's

Summer isn't just barbecues and pool parties. It also brings thunderstorms, tornadoes, and microbursts that can cause serious damage to our homes. At Go Mini's, we're here to help you weather the storm. We've put together some essential tips and resources to help you prepare for any summer storm damage that may come your way.

Common Types of Storm Damage in Augusta

Summer storms in Augusta can leave behind a trail of destruction. From shattered windows to water-soaked carpets, storm damage can take many forms. Tornadoes can tear off roofs, basements can flood, and strong winds can topple trees onto your property. It's not uncommon for summer storms in the CSRA to cause:

  • Shattered windows and broken glass from high winds

  • Water damage to carpets, furniture, and interiors due to flooding

  • Roof damage, including missing shingles or complete tear-offs caused by tornadoes

  • Fallen trees and branches leading to property damage or blocked driveways

  • Power outages from damaged power lines

  • Hail damage to cars, roofs, and siding

When these things happen, it's time to call in the professionals. Disaster recovery services can help with everything from water extraction and mold prevention to structural repairs. If you've got extensive damage or if your home is unsafe to live in, you'll definitely want to call in the experts.

How to Plan Ahead for Summer Storms

Being prepared for worst-case scenarios can change everything. This summer, avoid the scramble and get ahead of the game by making a disaster preparedness plan. Here are our top 10 tips for preparing your loved ones for summer storms:

  1. Understand Your Insurance: Before a storm is already on its way, make sure you understand your catastrophe insurance policy. Work with your insurance agent to ensure your policy is enough to cover the value of your personal belongings and the cost of rebuilding. Keep your insurance policy information in a safe, easily accessible location.

  2. Create a Disaster Preparedness Plan: Know your evacuation routes, have an emergency kit ready, and make sure to secure important documents.

  3. Create an Emergency Kit: Your kit should include essential items such as water, non-perishable food, flashlights, batteries, a first-aid kit, and important documents sealed in waterproof containers. Don't forget your pets' needs!

  4. Have a Communication Plan: Make sure that every family member knows how to get in touch and where to meet if you get separated or if phone lines are down.

  5. Inspect Your Property: Before storm season arrives, inspect your home for any necessary repairs and secure anything that could become a hazard. Look for loose shingles, weak tree limbs, wall openings, and other potential vulnerabilities.

  6. Invest in Storm Shutters: Strong winds can shatter windows and cause significant damage. Consider installing storm shutters to protect your home from debris and high winds.

  7. Install a Sump Pump: If you have a basement, consider installing a sump pump with a battery backup to prevent flooding. Regularly check to ensure it's functioning correctly.

  8. Secure Outdoor Items: Strong winds can turn patio furniture and decorations into projectiles. Secure or store these items to prevent them from causing damage.

  9. Plan for Power Outages: Invest in backup power solutions such as generators, and make sure you have alternative lighting sources like flashlights or lanterns easily accessible.

  10. Stay Informed: Keep a battery-powered or hand-crank radio available to receive updates from the National Weather Service and local news. Be aware of evacuation orders and have a plan in place in case you need to leave your home.

After the Storm

Once the storm has passed, one of your first moves should be to contact your insurance agent and begin the claims process. Your insurer can give you instructions on how to proceed and what documentation you'll need. While waiting for an adjuster to come out, you can begin to check your property for damage, if it's safe to do so:

  • Inspect your home's exterior for damage such as broken windows, roof damage, or fallen trees.

  • Check for any signs of flooding or water damage inside your home.

  • Take photos of any damages and keep all repair receipts. Your adjuster can help you determine what expenses may be covered.

  • Avoid making any major repairs until your insurance adjuster has assessed the damage. They will need to see the damage firsthand before approving any repairs.

Let Go Mini's Help You Recover

When disaster strikes, the last thing you want to worry about is where to store your belongings. Here at Go Mini’s, we have first-hand knowledge of the damage that summer storms leave behind. That's why we offer temporary storage solutions to help you during the recovery process. Our portable storage units can be delivered right to your doorstep, providing a safe and convenient place to store your belongings while repairs are being made.

And when it comes to restoration, we proudly partner with disaster recovery companies across the CSRA to help our customers get back on their feet after a storm. We deliver fast, simple storage solutions so your home repair teams can get you on the road to recovery quickly.

When you're dealing with the aftermath of a storm, the last thing you need is added stress. By working with a disaster recovery company, you can rest easy knowing that the damage will be professionally repaired. And with our convenient storage solutions, you won't have to worry about where to store your belongings while the repairs are being made.

If you experienced large-scale damage, our 20-foot containers provide tons of storage for your personal belongings while you work to rebuild your home. Just looking for a bit of extra storage for tools and supplies? We have you covered there, too. Contact us today to reserve one of our 12’ or 16’ options.

Turn to Go Mini's for Your Restoration Storage Needs

Summer storms may be unpredictable, but with proper preparation and planning, you can minimize potential damage and keep your loved ones safe.

Don't let summer storms catch you off guard. Get ready now and have a disaster preparedness plan in place. And remember, if you do experience storm damage, Go Mini's is here to help. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you during storm season. We're here for you when you need us the most.

Disclaimer: Please note that the insurance information provided is for general informational and educational purposes only. Always read your policy documents carefully and consult with a licensed insurance professional for personalized advice on your coverage needs and questions.

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