Things to do after a windstorm
Severe storms tend to be quite common here in Alaska. Some of these storms may carry very high winds that could cause damage to trees, homes and yards. If your area has experienced a serious windstorm, here are some of the things you should do.
Clear Away Debris
Sometimes you may not be able to identify the seriousness of the storm damage until you have cleared away some of the debris. Pick up trash and any other items that may have blown onto your property. Also try to clear away any fallen branches. If entire trees have broken or fallen over, you may need to enlist assistance in removing them. For safety reasons, remember that you should never walk beneath a cracked or wind damaged tree or branch.
Check Your Roof
Your roof is one of your first lines of defense against weather of all kinds. This section of your home is also particularly vulnerable to wind damage, however. Carefully examine your roof, checking for cracks, dents, or damage to shingles or flashing. Do you see indications of harm?
If You Smell Gas
If you smell gas or hear a hissing sound, open the windows, turn off the gas, leave the building, and call the gas company immediately. Don’t use any open flames or electric switches indoors until the utility company says it’s ok.
Check structures that might have been weakened, such as the shed.
Never touch downed power lines or electrical installations.
It is likely that you will experience another severe windstorm at some point in the future. If you do not already have a plan in place, now is the time to form one. Identify any features of your home or yard that are particularly vulnerable to high winds, and take necessary steps to safeguard them. Are your shingles prone to blowing away?
It is also important to put together a safety kit stocked with emergency supplies, and to talk to your family about what to do the next time a storm hits and the wind rises. Our power goes in and out. Make sure you have water, food, candles etc...
Also go look for any trampolines as mine wrapped itself around a tree last year...