3 Severe Weather Safety TipsMarch 21, 2016
In honor of severe weather preparedness week, we thought we would give you a few tips and ideas so you can stay safe and sane during the harsher days of spring. It may seem unbelievable but spring often has surprise snowstorms, intense thunderstorms, and all around whacky weather. To stay safe and prepared there are a few things you can do quickly and easily:
Make a Kit
Having a kit in your home, car, and work will help you be safe if severe weather hits and you can feel a bit more at ease no matter where you are. Here are a few ideas for your kit:
- Two gallons of water
- Rain Poncho
- Food (preferably protein packed and nonperishable)
- Swiss Army Knife
- First Aid Kit(s)
- Work Gloves
- Space Blanket
- Yoga mat (affordable mattress pad if you need to sleep on the floor)
- Large hiking backpack (in case you need to leave)
- Hand-powered radio (so you can stay alert about what is going on around you)
Your kit’s size should depend on your family size and how much space you have. If you live in a small apartment or you want to keep it in your car it should all fit or be attached to a large backpack.
If you have a blackout you will want to unplug all major appliances so when power returns it will not fry the electronics or create a surge. If you have children be sure to avoid candles if possible. Safety is key in a blackout so having fire hazards may not be the best idea. If possible use rechargeable flashlights and solar or man-powered lighting. Some regions are more susceptible to blackouts. In more rural areas there is a higher chance of losing power and if you live far away from the grid you may not have power return for quite some time. If this is the case you may want to consider investing in a generator so you can still have indoor plumbing and essential electricity. If you purchase a generator be sure to run it outside or in a well-ventilated area. Otherwise, your home could fill with carbon monoxide.
Have plenty of board games, books, and puzzles on hand to keep you and your family entertained until the power returns. You do not always know when power will return and having a few things to keep children or yourself preoccupied can help you avoid stress and boredom.