Extreme weather can hit anywhere, at any time. No matter what weather is possible on any given day (or night)—whether it’s lightning, flash floods, thunderstorms, vicious winds, hail, blizzards or heat waves—you need to be prepared. After all, it’s one thing for a violent storm to hit…but surviving it is something else entirely.
So, in that case, how does one get prepared? The first step is that you should develop a plan to get the members of your household prepared for such an event. Everyone should know what to do in the case of an emergency—and not just an emergency, but more specifically whatever type of emergency is at hand. In other words, a fire plan should be different from a tornado plan should be different from a storm plan.
In addition to educating your family members about what they should be doing, you should also get the tools that will make escape necessary in the first place—whether that’s weapons, a crowbar, food supplies, or anything else. Also, please ensure that your plan includes accommodations for household members who have disabilities or who are elderly, as well as for pets.
The safe plan should also include a portion in which your household will go seek shelter in another building, such as the house of a friend in another county. In this case, make sure that your friends know they are your safe contact, and get them informed accordingly.
Another step you can take is to keep yourself informed of what changes are going on in the weather. You can do so by purchasing a NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards receiver unit; these can be found in most stores for electronics. Once you’ve purchased it, you can set it so that you don’t receive updates from counties which are not close to your area. Supplement this with news feeds from your TV, your radio, and your Internet connection, and you should be good to go.
If you know you’re going to be out of your house for long periods of time, study the upcoming weather patterns—both for your house and for the place where you’re visiting—beforehand. This way you can plan accordingly, as well as notify the weather patterns to anyone who’s taking care of your house in your absence.
If you get stuck in a storm, you need to seek shelter. If you don’t have a pre-designated area (which you should have, as per your plan, but—if you really get stuck), then head over to a sturdy, solid building that’s strong enough to withstand the storm. Take refuge in the lowest level of the building—basements are preferable—and hide under a heavy desk or bench, inside a bathtub, or under a sofa or bed. If there isn’t a piece of furniture like this, sit next to the wall and cover yourself with your arms and hands.
In sum, remember that safety is of fundamental importance to all people, so you can never overlook it during your planning. Thanks to all these methods, you can properly prepare for whatever storms, blizzards, or other disasters nature is throwing your way—and, by extension, be safer.
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