5 Ways to Prepare for Extreme Weather
By Space Coast Daily // October 20, 2021
When you live in a zone that is prone to extreme weather like tropical storms and hurricanes, it is essential to prepare for sudden bursts of extreme weather. Whether or not you’re accustomed to unpredictable weather, no one can ever be too diligent when it comes to life-saving preparation.
1. Make a Plan in Advance
Emergency preparation is all about planning. One of the main reasons for this is because it is challenging to think through dangerous situations when they occur. When faced with danger, one can easily suffer from extreme anxiety or shock. However, even in the best-case scenario, it is always better to think through emergency plans when you are calm and focused.
Given that most emergencies are unpredictable, it can be helpful to plan through a few scenarios. In cases of extreme weather, you will probably want to move everyone in your household to the safest area of your home, usually a basement or bathroom, and away from windows. It will also help to create an evacuation plan in case the need should arise.
2. Prepare an Emergency Kit
No matter where you live, it is a good idea to prepare for emergencies by purchasing some supplies, including:
■ Fresh Water
■ Flashlights, Candles and Lanterns
■ Non-Perishable Foods
■ Gas (if you have a generator)
All of the items in your emergency kit must remain together in a place that is easy to access. You might also want to keep some warm and practical clothing items such as slipper socks with grip since it may be unsafe to move about your home to collect things at this time.
3. Secure Loose Items around Your Home
If you learn early on that a storm is coming to your area, you should take a look around your yard and property to collect any items, such as garbage bins, lawn furniture or décor that could easily blow away in high winds. The reason for this is not only that you stand to lose these items, but that they could cause damage to your home or another during the storm.
4. Cover Your Windows
Depending on how violent the weather is predicted to be, it might be safer to board up your windows in advance. If you live in an area that is prone to extreme weather, it might be a good idea to keep a few building materials in storage at all times for this purpose.
5. Listen In
That radio in your emergency kit isn’t meant for entertainment. If you are in an emergency situation where you’re trapped at home, you should keep a radio tuned to a news channel or emergency station at all times to pay attention to updates. Listen for information like the location of temporary shelters and evacuation orders.
Violent weather and other types of emergencies can happen at any time. Make sure that you are prepared by purchasing the items that you need to stay safe and warm.