Is it just me or has the weather been super crazy lately?! Warm days, cold days, flooding, snow, and tornado watches all occurring within just a few weeks and even days of each other! While these weather patterns can and have been quite unpredictable, here are some things you can do before severe weather strikes.
- Develop a disaster plan. If you and your family are in an area where severe weather hits often, put together a plan that keeps everyone safe whether at home, work, school, or outdoors.
- Put together a disaster supplies kit. A basic kit should include water, food, flashlight and extra batteries, first aid kit, battery-powered radio, local maps, cell phone with chargers, etc. Ready.gov has a full list here.
- Identify a safe place for shelter. Again, make sure you identify multiple places for when you and your family are at home, work, school, or outdoors.
- Pay attention to the National Weather Service (NWS) for severe weather watches and warnings and any other weather information.
- Check the weather forecast if you will be outdoors for extended periods of time.
- If severe weather does strike, remember to check on elderly family members or neighbors. Also pay extra special attention to your pets/animals. They can also be affected by severe weather.
The most important things you can do is stay calm and make sure you are prepared. Doing so will help keep your family calm and safe.
P.S. Did you know that most home security panels will send or speak severe weather alerts? Just another way of keeping you informed and safe.