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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

"Super" Derecho - June 2012

3/29/2016 (Permalink)

Derecho - A widespread and long-lived wind storm that accompanies rapidly moving showers or thunderstorms.

Until June 2012 many residents of WV had no idea what a "derecho" was. Believe me - now we know - The damage it caused and the aftermath that came with it.

Our State is not prone to Hurricanes or Tornados so we were in no way prepared for this severe summer storm. One thing we hope all of us learned is to keep an Emergency Supply Kit readily available - Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall.

Below is a list of supplies we suggest:

  • Water (one gallon per person per day)

    Food (non-perishable 3-day supply)

    Manual can opener, Battery operated radio, preferably a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries

    Flashlight and extra batteries

    First aid kit

    Whistle to signal for help


    Dust masks or bandanas

    Plastic sheeting, garbage bags and duct tape

    Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

    Local maps

    Hygiene items

    Important documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account information


    Fire extinguisher

    Matches in a waterproof container

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