You don’t want to get caught out in the storm.
Severe weather is happening all around us, all of the time. It seems like there are more hurricanes, horrible winter storms, tornadoes, and flash floods these days than there ever have been before. But, how do you prepare yourself for the unknown?
It’s tough to predict when severe weather could occur, but it’s not impossible. It’s also possible to remain prepared for a severe weather event at all times. With the right preparation and resources, you can keep your house and your family safe from the worst weather imaginable.
In this post, we’re going to talk about 8 severe weather safety tips that might seem over the top now, but when mother nature gets angry, you’ll thank your lucky stars that you were prepared.
Severe Weather Safety Tips to Keep in Mind
Even if you’re not always preparing for the worst, you can learn a thing or two about how to stay safe in the direst weather. If you can commit these 8 tips to memory, then you’ll put yourself and your family in the best position to succeed when the going gets tough.
1. Have a Disaster Supplies Kit
Something all homeowners should have is a well thought out disaster supply kit. In the event of a disaster, you’ll want to have all of the things you need to survive without power, heat, water, etc. A quick Google search will tell you the types of things that you should include, but we’ll give you a rundown.
The most important thing to keep in mind is nourishment and hydration. Not enough people consider how quickly all the food in the fridge can go bad without power.
The simplest power outage can render all the consumables in your home useless. It’s good to keep a few gallons of water and a couple of weeks worth of food handy for worst-case scenarios.
Beyond food and water, you should have lots of other supplies to help you get through this hard time. Flashlights, kitchen supplies, dry clothing, hygiene items, and first aid items are all useful. Basically, anything that you can possibly think of that could be of use in a severe weather situation should be included.
2. Prepare a Family Emergency Plan
Without seeming like an overbearing husband, wife, or parent, you should lightly drill a family emergency plan into everyone’s head. If your family knows what to do when severe weather is occurring, it could save time, headaches, and possibly lives. So, what should you include in a family emergency plan?
To properly create one, you should learn about your community emergency evacuation plans and warning signals. Then, pick one or two places to meet outside your home in case you get separated.
If you want to take it to the next level, you can make sure that everyone in your house knows CPR and first aid, how to use a fire extinguisher, and how to turn off water, electricity, and gas in your home.
3. Portable Generators
One of the simplest ways to avoid a long, cold time without power is to purchase a portable generator. You can also have one installed in your home, but portable generators are cheaper and you can make use of them in non-disaster situations.
Depending on your geographical position, it can get really cold at night when you lose power. If you charge a solar generator during the day, you can heat your house at night to keep your family comfortable and safe.
Solar generators are cheaper and easier to use. You can find more information on the benefits of solar power and where to purchase your generator at sites like PoweredPortableSolar.com.
4. Strengthen Your Home
There are measures you can take ahead of time to prepare your home for disaster situations. If you live in a hurricane or tornado-prone region, it’s important to take certain measures that give your home a chance to survive. It all depends on how handy you are and how insanely prepared you want to be.
You can caulk and seal every crevice of your home, reinforce your roof to prevent water damage, or put removable or permanent storm shudders on all your windows. If your house has visible weak points, it’s a good idea to strengthen them.
5. Determine Insurance Eligibility
After you’ve done all you can to prepare your family and your home for the worst, you need to look at your insurance situation to see what kind of kickback you’ll get if something bad does happen.
Many homeowners insurance plans won’t cover damage associated with severe weather. It’s rare, for example, that flood and storm-related water damage is covered and in the tornado and hurricane-prone areas of the country.
It’s important to know what is and isn’t going to be covered when the storm comes. This is why you need to protect your home as best you can when you live in a certain storm-prone region.
If you live in a coastal region, you’ll need to be prepared when hurricane season hits. This is when you’ll prepare for power outages, rain damage, and wind damage.
We already talked about reinforcing your doors, sealing the crevices in your home, and preparing for days without water, but you should also be aware of any nearby shelters in the event of severe damage to your home.
You should have an idea of where to go if your home is rendered unlivable. Whether that’s a family member’s house in a place less affected by the storm or a shelter closer to where you live, it’s important to keep your family protected.
7. Flash Floods
Flash floods occur in the highest mountain ranges in the US, but also in the plains and as a result of severe storms. It’s hard to prepare for flooding, but try to bring your valuables up to higher levels of your home and keep electronics above the predicted flood levels.
Try and waterproof your basement as best you can, but it’s a good plan to purchase flood insurance on top of your regular plan to protect your finances, as extensive damage is often unavoidable when it comes to flooding.
Living in tornado alley presents a very specific set of challenges. Although tornadoes are a rare occurrence, they can be extremely destructive to homes. With winds up to 300mph in some cases, there’s not a whole lot you can do to protect the structure of your house when one hits.
Instead, have your family emergency plan handy, and if your area is particularly prone to tornadoes, consider building an underground bunker in your yard where you can hide out and keep your reserves. It sounds over the top, but it can be the difference between life and death.
Always Be Prepared
Now that we’ve given you a few severe weather safety tips, you can start to prepare your home and your family for the storms. Don’t wait until it’s too late to prepare. Severe weather can pop up out of nowhere, at any time during the year. But, if you’re prepared, you can mitigate the damage before it starts.
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