Recent Storm Damage Posts

Tips for Preparing Your Apartment Property for Hurricanes

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

Broken glass on the floor due to high winds of a storm in a home Broken glass due to high winds of a storm in a Missouri City,TX home

Hurricane season in storm-prone areas of the country can be stressful for all property owners, particularly those in multi-dwelling property management. You face the reality of not only securing your property but ensuring the well-being of your renters and their belongings. Use this quick checklist to figure out if your Missouri City,TX, property will be ready when the big one comes.

Hurricane Risks

Including strong winds often in excess of 74 mph, hurricanes are some of the most potentially destructive storms known to man. Hurricane damage can include:

  • Flooding
  • Mudslides due to excessive ground moisture
  • Tornadoes triggered by the original storm

Do You Have a Storm Plan?

Hurricanes can move in swiftly and their damage can be worse than predicted. Having a comprehensive hurricane preparedness plan in place is the first step to ensuring minimal damage. Create an evacuation plan that includes emergency contacts and disaster relief information. Review the plan at least once a year.

Is Your Property Secure?

High storm winds can turn a simple trash can into a projectile. Survey your property in advance of a storm - are there items that can be blown loose in gusty winds? If the answer is yes, secure them well in advance of a storm to minimize broken windows and other related damage.

Do You Have a Storm Preparedness Kit?

After a storm, resources can be limited or hard to get to. Create storm kits and make them readily available to staff. Be sure to include flashlights, batteries, drinking water and first aid supplies. Store them in portable containers so your staff can quickly find them and take them where they are needed.
Perhaps most importantly, make sure you have a hurricane damage cleanup plan. Identify water remediation companies, tree limb removal services and the like before the storm. Taking these steps can’t stop the storm from coming, but they can make its aftermath that much easier.

Storm Damage Repair

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

When trampolines go airborne, they can become deadly!

Trampolines can become deadly projectiles during a storm. If a trampoline crashes into your house there can be significant damage.

Storm damage can be the result of many different events but one of the most frequent storm damage events is wind picking things up and destroying personal property in its path.

This was the case for one of our customers that reported storm damage in Stafford due to their trampoline falling in through the roof of their home, their bedroom to be exact!

SERVPRO came in and accessed the situation, removed the trampoline from the roof, boarded up the damage temporarily and made all the rest of the storm damage disappear!

If you have had storm damage to your home in the Stafford area call SERVPRO right away!

Coping With Flood-Related Distress

8/22/2019 (Permalink)

Severe storms and destructive flooding turn your world upside-down from one moment to the next. Even after the immediate threat to your safety has passed, high levels of stress, worry, and fear of the unknown continue to take its toll. Your locally owned SERVPRO understands the anxiety that comes with flooding as we’ve helped hundreds in our community affected by storm damage in Houston, Stafford, and Missouri City.

A key aspect to surviving such a traumatic event is to build resilience. Having resilience, or the ability to bounce back, brings stress relief. Read on to find out effective ways to manage stress and build resilience even in the midst of flood-related uncertainty.

1. Connect With Others And Seek Support. Some people feel the need to draw close to others during troubled times and then there are those who withdraw. If you tend to isolate yourself when you are feeling stressed, we encourage you to make the extra effort to connect with others. By seeking support and talking about your experiences, you’ll find that you are not alone in the flood recovery challenges, and that gives you strength. Whether it’s with fellow Missouri City storm survivors or with family across state lines, connecting with other brings a sense of comfort and relief.

2. Take A Break From The News. Repeatedly watching the flood take over our community in local news broadcasts heightens your stress levels, almost as if you are reliving the trauma all over again. Special consideration should be taken for young children watching the news as they may falsely believe that the thunderstorms and flooding continue to pose a threat even when they are well out of harms way.

3. Practice Self-Care. Healthy habits are always important, but when your dealing with higher than normal levels of stress, taking care of yourself becomes even more critical. While you may not feel the benefits immediately, eating well-balanced meals and getting a full night of quality rest helps to lower anxiety and bring a sense of calm over time. Going for a walk and deep breathing are simple activities that can also bring significant changes to your overall sense of well-being.

4. Have Goals and Take Positive Action. Torrential rains do more than cause water damage to your home and neighborhood --they also disrupt your plans and goals. While some goals may have to be put on hold while the storm damage recovery is underway, you can still develop other goals. Even small goals, such as waking up and going to bed at a set time, can give you a much-needed sense of accomplishment. Reaching these smaller goals also help you to see that you are moving toward recovery –and that gives you hope for the days ahead.

5. Remember That There Is Hope Beyond The Flood. When floodwaters start to rise past the banks of the river and begin to flow down the roads and into your home, life can feel bleak. While flood damage restoration does take time, it is not a challenge that you face alone. At SERVPRO of Stafford/Missouri City, we live and work with you. When it comes to the challenges of flood recovery, nobody does it or understands it better than we do. From the moment that you give us a call until the storm damage restoration is complete, the technicians of your locally owned SERVPRO are here to aid you every step of the way.

Save our phone number on your cell phone and know that you are just a phone call away from bouncing back after the storm.

Post Storm Painting

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

Sometimes the last thing you want to do after fixing a major storm repair is paint!

Hurricane season is here and sometimes we luck out and just get a little damage that involves only a few patch jobs to a wall or the exterior side of the house. 

After you finish repairing the damage you really do not feel like painting, it can be a real hassle if you do not have the right equipment or the technical know how.

Luckily for you, SERVPRO has the manpower and resources to do all sorts of different sized jobs from one bedroom apartments to a 100 plus unit condo tower and everything in between.

So the next time you just do not feel like painting that front wall for the fifth time or slapping on another coat to the third floor bathroom because a tree came through the wall, give SERVPRO a call (281) 403-2256!

Hurricane Preparedness Month

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

Hurricane Preparedness Month!

Here are some tips from the desk of the Community Risk Reduction Officer for our local Fire Dept:

During Hurricane Preparedness Month, make sure you have a hurricane evacuation plan.

The first thing you need to do is find out if you live in a storm surge hurricane evacuation zone or if you're in a home that would be unsafe during a hurricane.

If you are, figure out where you'd go and how you'd get there if told to evacuate. You do not need to travel hundreds of miles. Identify someone, perhaps a friend or relative who doesn't live an evacuation zone or unsafe home, and coordinate with them to use their home as your evacuation destination.

Be sure to account for your pets, as most local shelters do not permit them.

Put the plan in writing for you and those you care about- share your plan with your neighbors.

Find evacuation zones here: http://flash.org/hurricane-season/evacuation-zones/find-your-evacuation-zones.pdf.

And as always SERVPRO is here for you when the storm is over to help put your life back together!

Call us if you ever need any help (281) 403-2256

How To Help Minimize Damage To Your Home. 7 Things To Do:

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

Rain showers and thunderstorms are a common weather condition in our communities of Stafford and Missouri City, but when they come with high winds, hail, or tornadoes, it’s considered severe weather. Wind-torn destruction, flying wreckage, flooding, and even fires from lightning or crippled electrical systems are but some of the examples of storm damage in Stafford and Missouri City. Severe weather damage poses a risk to both your home and personal safety. However, there are steps that you can take to lessen the risk.

Your best protection is to prepare before severe weather hits and follow the best practices for safety. Below, you’ll find 7 things you must know and do to help minimize damage to your home, and to keep you and your family safe until help arrives.

1.                   Make an Emergency Plan And Supply Kit. A basic emergency plan should contain phone numbers of who to contact, information on a meeting place outside of your immediate area in case of evacuation or separation, escape routes from your home to your safe meeting place, and copies of important documents including medical records.

An emergency supply kit should contain everything you and your family needs to survive for at least three days. Necessary items include non-perishable food, water, medicines, first-aid kit, blankets, radio and flashlight, and extra batteries. If you have children, also pack baby formula, diapers, and a few toys or games.

2.                   Remove Debris Around The Home. Remove rotted trees, woodpiles, and dead shrubbery. If you have loose gravel or rocks in your driveway, consider replacing it with a solid material such as concrete. Flying wreckage accounts for most of the personal injuries and storm damage in Missouri City and Stafford.

3.                   Avoid Contact With Anything That Can Conduct Electricity. This includes items that are plugged into outlets and any metallic items. Even plumbing can conduct electricity. Avoid washing your hands, showering, or using the washing machine. Cell phones, however, are safe to use.

4.                   If You Are Driving Or Are Outdoors, Find Shelter. Find a building with minimal doors and windows to take refuge in the middle-most and lowest part of the building. If it is not safe to exit your car, park on the side of the road and turn on the emergency lights. Do not touch anything metallic in the car. If there is danger from high winds or lightening and cannot find shelter, lie on the ground and protect your head with your arms. Make sure that you are away from any natural lightning rods such as lone trees and hilltops.

5.                   Stay Tuned To Local Weather Reports And Alerts. NOAA Weather Radio, as well as our local community warning system, will provide the latest information on weather conditions as well as critical information to keep you and your family safe during severe weather.

6.                   Stay Away From Storm Damaged Areas. If you are asked to evacuate, do not return to the storm affected area until it has been deemed safe to do so. Even after the immediate threat of severe weather has passed, wreckage and flooding pose a risk. We understand that you’ll want to start the storm damage restoration process as soon as possible, and SERVPRO of Stafford is eager to help, but your safety comes first.

7.                   Call Your Insurance Agent. After the storm has passed and officials have determined that it is safe to enter the storm-damaged area, call your insurance agent to start the claims process. If your agent cannot be reached, leave a clear message with your name and contact information. However, there is no need to wait for your insurance agent before you start your home restoration process. SERVPRO of Stafford works alongside insurance companies. We are on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will happily assist you with the insurance claims process as we get to work on restoring your home.

At Stafford and Missouri City SERVPRO, we are dedicated to helping our local community with storm damage restoration. Faster to any size disaster, our compassionate and professional team is always ready to assist in restoring your home and life when the unexpected happens. Give us a call today and let us know how we can help.

You Got Flooded, What Now?

4/25/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding caused by severe weather and tornadoes is unlike other types of water damage.

Heavy downpours combined with high-velocity winds are incredibly destructive. The severe weather turns our playgrounds to lakes, roads to rivers, and our homes from safe havens to swampy hazards.

The effects of tornado flooding can be overwhelming. However, you are not alone. Your locally owned SERVPRO is the Missouri City and Stafford flood damage restoration expert, and we’re ready to help you with every step of the recovery process. 

Once it is safe to go outside and survey the damage do so cautiously as there still maybe downed trees and power lines that can cause harm to you and your loved ones. Then decide if you have extensive damage or flooding.

If you need flooding and storm damage restoration completed fast, please call us at (281) 403- 2256. 

What To Do And Not Do After Storm Damage.

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Damage from tornadoes, thunderstorms, flooding rivers and backed up sewage are tough to clean up. Your first view of the muddy mess mixed with contaminated floodwater and debris can leave you feeling overwhelmed not knowing where to start –or if it’s even safe to begin the cleaning process. Storm damage in Houston can be a tricky business, and we know this because it’s our business.

At SERVPRO of Stafford and Missouri City, we're THE professionals for storm cleanup and flood damage restoration. As the experts, we’d like to share with you the do’s and don’ts of storm damage cleanup. Following these tips will help to speed up the recovery process as well as keep you safe.

Do Call to Your Insurance Agent. As soon as your out of immediate danger and have contacted friends and family to let them know you’re safe, call your insurance agent. They will guide you through the next steps in filing a flood damage claim. They may also provide you with a preferred flood damage restoration company that offer services that are covered by your policy. SERVPRO is the preferred water damage restoration provider for most insurance companies.

Do Contact the Remediation Professionals. If not already directed by your insurance agent, or If you can’t get a hold of them right away, call a trusted water damage restoration and mold remediation company. Remediation involves taking steps to prevent further mold damage, complete flood cleanup and sanitization, and restoration of your property to pre-flood condition. Stafford SERVPRO does all this and more!

Do Protect Yourself and Your Family. Severe weather can bring all sorts of dangers into your home, so it’s critical that you are careful upon first entering to survey the damage. Return only if it’s been deemed safe to do so and be extremely cautious. Wear protective clothing to minimize your exposure to toxic black water and jagged debris. Toss out any food that was touched by water –even canned goods. Document your losses by taking photos and listing all the damaged items. If you are working with SERVPRO, we will do this for you.

Don’t Turn On The Your Utilities Until You Get The All Clear. Because of the risk of potentially life-threatening situations, don’t turn on your water, gas, or electricity until you've gotten the okay from the fire department or other authority. During times of severe weather, city officials or the fire department will shut off the utilities for safety reasons. Don’t try to override this precaution.

Don’t Use Electronics in Moist Environments. The risk of electrocution is high with flooding and the uncertainty that the power has been shut off. If you think the electricity is still on, do not enter any flooded or damp areas, and wait until the water damage is completely dry before using electronics.

Don’t Use Fabrics or Furniture Until They Are Properly Cleaned. Anytime you have water damage there is a risk of a mold infestation. Mold is not only destructive to your home and personal items, but it can also cause health problems for sensitive individuals. Be sure to have all water damaged items professionally dried and disinfected before you use them.

Severe weather is common in our area, and Stafford SERVPRO wants to make sure that our neighbors stay safe even after the storm. We are honored to be the preferred service provider for many national insurance companies and hundreds already served in Fort Bend County. Call us whenever disaster strikes; we serve our community 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Hurricane Names For 2018

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

Hopefully, none of these names will be said!

Since last week was all about Hurricane Preparedness, we felt you should have a little more info about this year's Hurricane Season!

The National Hurricane Center generates lists of names, in alphabetical order, to be used for tropical storms and hurricanes.

As storms form, they are named in order. Thus the first tropical storm or hurricane of the year has a name that begins with "A" and the second is given the name that begins with "B." The lists contain hurricane names that begin from A to W, but exclude names that begin with a "Q" or "U."

There are six lists, so a name can recur once every six years so these names can not be used again until 2024. When a hurricane is especially memorable or devastating, that name is retired and another hurricane name replaces it.

Here are the names for the Atlantic Hurricane Season of 2018:

Alberto, Beryl, Chris, Debby, Ernesto, Florence, Gordon, Helene, Isaac, Joyce, Kirk, Leslie, Michael, Nadine, Oscar, Patty, Rafael, Sara, Tony, Valerie, and William.

If you sustain storm damage due to hurricanes or any other type of storm, call SERVPRO right away!

Know The Difference Between A Tornado Watch And Warning

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

Don't Get It Twisted!

Know the Difference between a Tornado Warning and a Tornado Watch. 

A Tornado Watch means to stay on alert. Weather conditions may signal that a tornado is possible, so it is important to watch the sky.

A Tornado Warning means that a tornado has been spotted in the area or indicated by weather radar. If a Tornado Warning has been issued, seek shelter immediately!

Being prepared and having an emergency plan can help you stay safe during a tornado, and knowing who to call after the storm can help you recover and restore.

Faster to any size disaster, SERVPRO of Stafford and Missouri City has been coming to the aid of those struck by the damaging effects of tornadoes and storm damage since 1967.

We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, SERVPRO is eager and ready to help whenever you need us. 

Who Sticks Around After Storms In Stafford

2/28/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage is serious business!

Thunderstorms, tornadoes, and flash flooding are common with severe weather conditions in the Houston area.

Because of this, you’ll find many storm damage restoration companies servicing Stafford and Missouri City. And with so many choices, it can be confusing to know which is the best at handling emergency residential restoration services.

Beyond looking at costs, it’s important also to consider how trustworthy a company is and what track record they have. Use this helpful guide below to help you accurately compare storm damage restoration business in Houston:

  • Experienced In Emergency Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration. It’s important to ask if the company is well equipped and experienced with storm damage and not just water damage. Storm damage could mean layers of mud in the living room, a tree through your roof, sewage in the basement, and so much more than the usual water damage. Houston SERVPRO is familiar and experienced in dealing with aspects of flood damage restoration --especially the unexpected kind.
  • Trained And Certified in Industry Standards. Similar to the above tip, a residential and commercial storm damage restoration business that wants to give their customers the best service seeks additional training. Technicians with SERVPRO go through extensive company training, training with industry partners, as well as training with the IICRC--the independent organization that sets criteria for professional home and commercial restoration.
  • Enthusiastic Customers. Some residential flood damage restoration businesses may be satisfied with “happy customers”, but we aim to have enthusiastic customers. With the fastest response time, Houston SERVPRO addresses your concerns quickly and thoroughly. We work alongside you and your insurance company, taking care of every aspect of your storm damage concerns, saving you time, money, and worry. The result is a home that looks as if water damage never occurred and enthusiastic customers that are proud to recommend us to their friends.
  • Community and Better Business Bureau Affiliation. Businesses that make an effort to be a part of their community often take bigger strides in servicing their neighbors. SERVPRO of Houston is a member of several professional leagues and organizations in Houston as well as part of the prestigious BBB. If you're unsure if a home restoration company is IICRC certified or part of the BBB, visit their respected websites and search the listings. You’ll find that your locally owned Houston SERVPRO is in good standing with both organizations.

Call on Houston SERVPRO for the fastest and most complete flood damage restoration for both residential and commercial. For 24-hour emergency response to storm damage call (281) 616-8125. 

Who Fixes Storm Damage In Stafford Texas

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

Don't take a risk on any old person in a truck to fix your storm-damaged home!

Storm season seems to never end in Stafford Texas!

Everyone who has ever lived in or visited Stafford / Missouri City has been privy to the amazingly intense but ever so brief storms here. It seems almost like out of nowhere they come spiraling out of the sky with ridiculously powerful winds and dumping gallons of rain by the second on the fair residents of Texas.

Once the storms pass everyone usually breathes a sigh of relief and goes on about their day like nothing ever happened. But what if something did happen? What if that 10-minute storm produced golf ball sized hail and pelted them through your windows and opened your home up to the torrential downpours that left your abode soaked to the bone? What if lightning struck that old oak tree in the front yard and half of it came through your roof?

Who would you call to fix your storm-damaged house in Stafford Texas? 

You would call SERVPRO because we have been specializing in storm-damaged homes for decades. We have the tools and the talent to make your home look "Like it never even happened."

Call SERVPRO at (281) 403-2256!

Thunderstorm Damage To My Missouri City Home

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

When lightning strikes and thunder rolls your SERVPRO is standing by.

We all know that thunderstorms can actually cause major damage to your homes.

But who do you call when the clouds roll out?

SERVPRO has been fixing storm-damaged homes in the Stafford / Missouri City area for quite some time. Our highly trained technicians are qualified to handle almost anything wicked storms can throw at them.

We have the experience, training, and equipment to handle a small flood to massive thunderstorm damage resulting in holes in your roof, water damaged floors and even fire damage caused by lightning.

Why trust the process of putting your home and sometimes your family back together to any old person with a truck and a few tools. SERVPRO is licensed and insured to give you the ultimate peace of mind that you are in good hands.

Call us today (281) 403-2256

Who Cleans Up After Storm Damage In Stafford

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Call Us Right Away When The Coast Is Clear!

Storms hit hard and fast in Stafford Texas.

That is why SERVPRO provides immediate relief and response to your storm damage needs. We can have a team of technicians on site as soon as it is safe to do so.

We can help with a multitude of projects which also includes getting you emergency food and shelter and contacting friends and family.

Storms do not wait for normal business hours that is why you need to call the professionals here at SERVPRO who are available to you 24 / 7 / 365!

We understand the process of putting your life back together when tragedy hits. Let us show you what so many other families have already experienced ... our willingness to make your world normal again!

Call Us Today (281) 403-2256!

Houston Home Care: What to Look for in A Storm Damage Restoration Company

2/28/2017 (Permalink)

The need for emergency storm damage restoration in Houston is great. Thunderstorms, tornadoes, and flash flooding are common with severe weather conditions in the Houston area. Because of this, you’ll find many storm damage restoration companies servicing Stafford and Missouri City. And with so many choices, it can be confusing to know which is the best at handling emergency residential restoration services.

Beyond looking at costs, it’s important also to consider how trustworthy a company is and what track record they have. Use this helpful guide below to help you accurately compare storm damage restoration business in Houston:

  • Experienced In Emergency Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration. It’s important to ask if the company is well equipped and experienced with storm damage and not just water damage. Storm damage could mean layers of mud in the living room, a tree through your roof, sewage in the basement, and so much more than the usual water damage. Houston SERVPRO is familiar and experienced in dealing with aspects of flood damage restoration --especially the unexpected kind.
  • Trained And Certified in Industry Standards. Similar to the above tip, a residential and commercial storm damage restoration business that wants to give their customers the best service seeks additional training. Technicians with SERVPRO go through extensive company training, training with industry partners, as well as training with the IICRC--the independent organization that sets criteria for professional home and commercial restoration.
  • Enthusiastic Customers. Some residential flood damage restoration businesses may be satisfied with “happy customers”, but we aim to have enthusiastic customers. With the fastest response time, Houston SERVPRO addresses your concerns quickly and thoroughly. We work alongside you and your insurance company, taking care of every aspect of your storm damage concerns, saving you time, money, and worry. The result is a home that looks as if water damage never occurred and enthusiastic customers that are proud to recommend us to their friends.
  • Community and Better Business Bureau Affiliation. Businesses that make an effort to be a part of their community often take bigger strides in servicing their neighbors. SERVPRO of Houston is a member of several professional leagues and organizations in Houston as well as part of the prestigious BBB. If you're unsure if a home restoration company is IICRC certified or part of the BBB, visit their respected websites and search the listings. You’ll find that your locally owned Houston SERVPRO is in good standing with both organizations.

When searching for local and top ranking storm and mold damage remediation business in Houston, you’ll see that SERVPRO stands above the rest. We’ve worked hard to earn the trust of our Houston neighbors, and we’ll work just hard to earn your trust.

Call on Houston SERVPRO for the fastest and most complete flood damage restoration for both residential and commercial. For 24-hour emergency response to storm damage call (281) 616-8125. Our customer service agents stand ready to dispatch a SERVPRO response team to your home anytime, day or night, to provide immediate restoration solutions.

Getting Back to Normal Life After Tornado Flooding

8/11/2016 (Permalink)

Flooding caused by severe weather and tornados is unlike other types of water damage. Heavy downpours combined with high-velocity winds are incredibly destructive. Severe weather turns our playgrounds to lakes, roads to rivers, and our homes from safe havens to swampy hazards. The effects of tornado flooding can be overwhelming. However, you are not alone. Your locally owned SERVPRO is the Missouri City and Stafford flood damage restoration expert, and we’re ready to help you with every step of the recovery process.

If you need flooding and storm damage restoration completed fast, please call us at (281) 403- 2256. This is what you can expect from the compassionate and professional Stafford and Missouri City SERVPRO team:

We help you with the flood insurance claim process. We are the preferred storm damage restoration providers of many insurance companies, and we can assist you with flood insurance and FEMA claims. From paperwork to the documentation of the damage, Stafford SERVPRO works alongside you and your insurance provider to make sure the process moves quickly and efficiently.

We pump out floodwater and remove Wreckage from your home. Using powerful truck-mounted water pumps, high-velocity fans, and industrial-grade dehumidifiers, we remove all traces of moisture. We also remove any hazardous wreckage, big or small, in city-approved disposal methods.

Aid you in recovering water-damaged personal items. Soaked and waterlogged furniture, clothing, antiques, books, and photos may seem like they are destroyed beyond repair. However, this is not always the case. At SERVPRO, we are known for our ability to restore some of the toughest cases of water-damaged items.

Help return your home and life to pre-flood condition. Stafford SERVPRO proudly holds the nationally respected IICRC certification and adhere to the highest standards of inspection, cleaning, and restoration for homes and businesses. The technicians at Stafford SERVPRO are some of highest trained professionals in the home restoration industry, and our goal is to make it as if flood damage never happened.

The initial steps in recovery after severe weather and tornado-related flooding are trying but know that you are not alone in the recovery process. Since 1967, SERVPRO made a pledge to be “Faster to Any Size Disaster” and we are committed to aiding our neighbors in times of need. With just a phone call, our familiar bright green SERVPRO truck is on the scene, ready to get your home and life back to normal. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and eagerly await to serve you.

How to Prepare and Stay Safe During a Tornado

8/9/2016 (Permalink)

Getting through and recovering quickly from the devastating effects of tornados often comes down to one thing –being prepared. Tornados are violent storms and may be seen forming during thunderstorms or in low-lying clouds, but sometimes they occur so rapidly that we have little warning before it strikes our community. SERVPRO is familiar with tornado damage. Not only have we helped our neighbors with Stafford and Missouri City storm damage restoration –you may remember seeing our bright green SERVPRO van going out on a call after a storm –but as members of this community, we live with you too.

Helping you to prepare and stay safe during a tornado is important to us. Use this simple guide to help you get started.

Find A Safe Place to Ride Out the Storm. A basement, storm cellar or the lowest level in a building is often the safest place to be during a tornado. If there is no lower level, move to the smallest room in the center of the home, such as a closet or hallway, away from windows or doors. You want to put as many interior walls between you and outside.

Make an Emergency Plan. An emergency plan is necessary for all sorts of disasters, whether it’s a tornado or a fire. The emergency plan should include names and phone numbers of people to contact, a safe meeting place, important documents gathered together so you can grab them quickly, non-perishable food, water, medicine, radio, flashlight, blankets, and extra batteries. If you have children, remember to pack diapers, formula, and a few toys for comfort.

Get Familiar with the Warning Signs of a Tornado. As mentioned earlier, tornados can be triggered by weather and wind conditions cause by thunderstorms. Watch the sky and look for it darkening suddenly or for clouds moving in a circular pattern. Sometimes you may hear a loud rushing sound, similar to a jet engine. Remember that tornados form quickly and may give little warning before they strike, so it is important to have your plan in place and be ready at a moments notice.

Listen for Severe Weather Information. NOAA Weather Radio is often the first to communicate severe weather warnings. However, our local government has in place warning systems and response plans for natural disasters such as tornados and flooding in Stafford. Local radio and news stations are also excellent places to get information on severe weather alerts.


Know the Difference between a Tornado Warning and a Tornado Watch. A Tornado Watch means to stay alerted. Weather conditions may signal that a tornado is possible, so it is important to watch the sky and be on alert. A Tornado Warning means that a tornado has been spotted or indicated by weather radar. If a Tornado Warning has been issued, seek shelter immediately.

Being prepared and having an emergency plan can help you stay safe during a tornado, and knowing who to call after the storm can help you recover and restore. Faster to any size disaster, SERVPRO of Stafford and Missouri City has been coming to the aid of those struck by the damaging effects of tornados and storm damage since 1967. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, SERVPRO is eager and ready to help whenever you need us. Add our phone number to your emergency plan and you’ll rest assured that recovery after the storm is just a phone call away.