August 7, 2014

Spring/Summer Severe Weather Tips

As a girl who grew up in the Midwest, I have a deep appreciation for Mother Nature and the power she exerts from time to time. We all know that during the spring and early summer months, severe storms often plague us. While we can’t always be prepared for an unexpected storm, most of the severe storms that come our way are predicted days in advance, making it easier for us to make sure our families are protected.
As you know, storm season is here and will be here for another couple of months. Below are some tips for ensuring you are ready when severe weather strikes.

1.     Have a plan in place. Sometimes bad weather strikes before everyone in the family is able to get home and many times “bad” turns to “worse” within minutes. This is why it’s important that everyone in your family knows the plan for what to do and where to go when bad weather comes. If you have a storm shelter, make sure everyone knows what the procedure is for when to get in. If you don’t have a storm shelter, then everyone should know where the safest place in the house is and go there. Having a plan in place in case of severe weather conditions is something that all families need to have established.

2.     Stock up on supplies. We’ve all been involved in a storm that has knocked out the power regardless of whether or not it was a tornado producing storm. Sometimes the power outages only last for a few minutes while other times, when extensive damage is done, the outages can last for days. This is why it’s important that you have some supplies on hand. Some of the things you should have stocked include flashlights, extra batteries, bottled water, a first aid kit, etc.

3.     Invest in a weather radio. Weather radios are must-have items for spring/summer storm season. A lot of the time, during severe weather, television services are disrupted or the power goes out, making it impossible for you to get weather updates. Therefore, if a tornado is headed your way, and you aren’t near a tornado siren, you won’t have any warning before it hits. This is why you need to invest in a good weather radio. When the television and/or the electricity goes out, the weather radio will continue to work. You can program it to alert you only when a storm moves into your county (or surrounding counties) to ensure you get only the pertinent updates. This is definitely an item that is worth spending the money on.

While I look forward to spring and summer every year, I do dread the severe weather that comes with them. However, I’ve found that being prepared helps keep my anxiety level down when storms are brewing. What are some tips you have for spring and summer storms?

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