Severe weather usually hits when you least expect it. Depending on where you live, you may be at risk of experiencing hurricanes, blizzards or tornados. It is important to address these dangers, and how you and your family will deal with them, before the storm is at your doorstep. These preparations may not be at the top of your priority list now. However, you’ll be happy you made them when the next storm hits.
Each type of severe weather poses its own specific threats. By taking a few general steps, surprise emergencies will be easier to handle.
Make a Plan
Just like at school or work, it is helpful when everyone knows where to go in the case of an emergency. If you live in an apartment complex, then your building probably already laid out an evacuation plan. If you live in a single-family home, then you should still consider how to quickly leave. What is the easiest way for each person to get out of the house, and where will you meet outside? For other severe weather, you’ll stay inside the home. In that case, identify the safest place in your home to ride out the storm. Choose a room with no windows or exterior doors. Interior walls are best to sit against.
Make sure you have a supply of nonperishable food, drinking water and distilled water. If your home receives water through a well, then it relies on a well pump to supply the house. Without electricity the well pump will not work. For this reason and others, purchasing backup generators Philadelphia PA is a worthwhile investment.
Walk around your property and secure loose objects like furniture, lawn decor and planters. Check to see that tree branches are trimmed away from the house. It’s helpful to have a first aid kit and extra batteries and flashlights.
Once you have a plan and have prepared for severe weather, it’s time to stay informed. Sign up for notifications through NOAA or another trusted weather app. Some local communities use sites like NextDoor or Facebook to post severe weather alerts. Watch the local news and check the forecast.
This is also a good time to check on neighbors or elderly friends and family. They may not have access to all the information you do. A friendly text or phone call will be greatly appreciated. Elderly neighbors will likely need help securing outside items. If you are facing strong winds, then you don’t want the furniture from next door to possibly damage your home.