Tag: Cape Cod

Cleaning up after Cape Cod’s tornadoes

South Dennis, MA Tornado Weather 7/23/19

When you think of Cape Cod, Massachusetts what sort of weather dangers come to mind? Hurricanes and Nor’easters are common answers, but “tornado” isn’t common at all. Seeing the aftermath of this week’s high grade EF1s that impacted Yarmouth, Dennis, Harwich, Chatham and surrounding areas, that may change. Although Cape Cod wasn’t specifically prepared for the sudden impact of the rare weather event, the response of the towns and first responders was fantastic and thankfully no serious injuries have been reported.

Once the storm had passed the sun came out for a moment allowing us a quick peek of blue sky. Although that tempted people to want to walk about and survey the aftereffects, local authorities urged everyone to stay inside. The hours after a natural disaster are the most crucial for restoration efforts. Immediate dangers need to be assessed, unsafe/impassible roads need to be blocked off and detour points need to be established, medial emergency responders need to be able to safely navigate the labyrinth of streets, utility emergency responders need the limited routes as clear as possible as they work to assess services, and as the tree blockades are found they need to be accessed quickly by fellers (because no one in need of an ambulance wants them stuck in a labyrinth of downed trees!). In addition to all that, downed wires are deadly and until they’ve been identified and secured it’s simply not safe.

Cape Cod Tornado Damage Willow Tree Uproots in Brewster, MA

With any natural disaster first you assess and secure, then clean-up and restore. Any serious wind event brings a surge of calls to professional restoration companies from property owners who’ve had trees fall on their home or business. The first thing to do is remove the tree from the structure. Once that is safely done and the tree is on the ground it’s important to immediately board-up any openings it created. After the property has been secured then it’s time to assess the interior damage.

When it comes to insurance coverage this is where things can vary significantly from owner to owner. The deductible on a policy is the portion you are personally responsible for paying out of pocket on a claim. Some policies have a special wind deductible that is different than the standard policy deductible (and often quite larger). If you have a wind deductible on your policy and the wind of the storm toppled a tree on your home then that’s the deductible you’ll be looking at paying with your claim. Other policies may narrow the criteria of the special deductible to hurricanes and named storms, not all wind events. An interesting exclusion we’ve run into on some calls is that although some insurance companies may include the cost to remove the tree from the structure in the claim, removing the tree from the property may not be included and then it’s up to the homeowner to get it chopped up and moved away (or stacked to season for cozy winter fires). These variables and this week’s storm are reasons why our monthly maintenance checklist schedule has you review the different deductibles of your policies with your agent at least once a year.

Cape Cod Tornado Wind downs Brewster Tree at Farm

The support and acts of kindness seen and heard around the community have our hearts overflowing. Let’s keep that strength showing. If you see a first responder, thank them. If you’re still without power, be patient. Crews are still working around the clock to get you back up and running. A smile and snack will help them do that more than any complaint ever will. If you’ve offered a helping hand, even something as simple as checking in on your elderly or ill neighbors, thank you!

Have any questions about emergency board-up services or natural disaster response? Send us a message or give us a call! Sharing and supporting the #CapeStrong spirit? Show us on Facebook or Twitter! @whalenrestoration @whalenservices

Winter on Cape Cod

Now that the holiday festivities are over for the season, what is there to do until spring? Plenty! Cape Cod in the off season can be cozy, adventurous, and eventful.

Take a Tour!
Whether it’s the Cape Cod Chip Factory or Cape Cod Beer that strike your fancy, the number of Cape based production places is growing wonderfully! Escape the bitter temperatures to see how those delicious chips are made, and taste the local brew flavor on one of their year-round tours.

Browse a Museum!

  • The Cape Cod Museum of Art is always a great place to explore. They’ve got classes, exhibits, and wonderful programs too. Day passes or memberships are available.
  • Starting in February, watch artisans create masterpieces out of glass at the Sandwich Glass Museum. The 20 minute demonstrations take place every hour on the hour Wed-Sun.
  • Feeling adventurous? Button up and embrace the great outdoors this season at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History after they finish installing their newest exhibits February 12th, or anytime at the Cape Cod National Seashore. Pick a trail and bring your camera!
  • Take a workshop and expand your mind at the Woods Hole Historical Museum. January focuses on the art of knots! The galleries may be closed, but the gift shop is open!
  • Feed your child side with a visit to the Cape Cod Children’s Museum. They always have a wonderful list of programs, parking is free, and they’re open year round, 7 days a week!
  • For a larger list of the wonderful museums that Cape Cod has to offer, click here!

Take a Ride!

On a horse that is. The wonderful folks down at Emerald Hollow Farm in Brewster have their doors open year round. They offer riding instructions, horsemanship classes, and therapeutic riding!

Hit the Spa

From the luxurious treatments offered at the Chatham Bars Inn Spa, to the amazing packages available from Beach Plum Spa, there are plenty of fantastic places to spend a day – or the weekend! – pampering and restoring your mind and body. Relax – Renew – Rejoice! See TripAdvisor’s list of the top ranking spas and wellness centers on Cape Cod and book your appointments!

Paint Night!

Date Night? Girls Night? Why not try something new and visit a paint bar? They’re great for birthdays, showers, fundraisers, or just taking a class for fun. There’s no experience necessary. Tap into your creative side when you live, laugh, and paint with Artfully Yours!