Plan Ahead for Severe Weather
Bad weather can be very scary. Thunderstorms can bring lightning, heavy rain, hail and strong winds. Every year, the United States sees nearly 100,000 thunderstorms, making this frequently occurring event common in all climates.
Our Texas climate is certainly favorable for severe weather. Along with thunderstorms, we have experienced flooding, hail and hurricanes. Our typically warm weather and short winters means that our storm season tends to be longer than most.
While we all step up our level of weather awareness during hurricane season, a year-round emergency plan is the best way to minimize potential storm damage and ensure our loved ones safety.
Your Severe Weather Communication Strategy
When bad weather comes, communication needs to be the first step in your weather plan. This means it is essential to understand the difference between a watch and a warning so that you can move your family to safety at the appropriate time.
You should also have several ways to get weather alerts from trusted local officials. Your cell phone and a weather radio are two good tools to charge and activate long before the storm rolls in.
Your family needs a communication strategy that even includes what to do if someone isn’t home so that all can be marked safe during the event. Everyone in your house should know where designated safe spaces are in your home as well, so even the youngest folks can seek shelter as needed.
Your Severe Weather Emergency Kit
In your designated safe space, you should store an emergency kit with essentials for each of your family members. Enough food, water, flashlights and batteries, along with first-aid essentials and comfort items, should be packed into this kit to sustain your family for up to 72 hours in the event that you need to shelter in place.
Be sure to include items that will help you all stay calm as the storm rages.