According to research from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as many as 60% of Americans are ill-prepared for a severe weather occurrence. This means that if a blizzard, a tornado, or a thunderstorm hits, most people are unable to react appropriately. We don’t want you to be part of that 60%, so we are going to help you be ready for a storm coming. Like most things in life, the more you get prepared, the better off you’ll be.
While it’s crucial that you have a plan in place for any kind of weather event, the best way to stay on top of things is to monitor your local conditions on a regular basis. Sites like Earth Networks provide tools for you to see what’s happening in your area so that you know how to respond.
Not every storm is a full-blown disaster, so it’s always a good idea to understand what’s going on before you react.
Keep Essentials on Hand
If the power goes out, how are you going to go about your routine? If the gas shuts off, do you have a plan for cooking or showering? Overall, while these things may not happen with each storm, you need to be ready, just in case. Food, water, and other critical items (i.e., flashlight, matches, radio), should always be prepared to go at a moment’s notice.
We recommend that you build a kit for most emergencies, and have extra supplies for more significant events like a tornado or hurricane. Also, be sure to rotate your materials so that they don’t expire or break down.
Plan For the Worst, Hope for the Best
If a tornado does come toward your home, how are you going to stay safe? If a blizzard traps you inside for several days, will you be able to keep warm? You should have a plan of action for every kind of weather so that when it does happen, you know exactly what to do. Also, pay attention to local reports so that you can get updates as things change.
Overall, the more time and effort you can spend on disaster planning, the better you will be able to make it safely through severe weather.