Tis the season for spring storms. Falling trees, downed power lines, flooded roads…you’re very familiar with the problems associated with each but are you prepared to keep your family protected? While we can’t control the weather, we can offer a few tips to keep your family safe before the next storm hits.
Know the warning signs
Check the weather. With technology now available literally at our fingertips, it’s easy to set alerts on your phone, open your weather app or sign up for text alerts . If you have the feature on your phone, opt in to receive severe weather alerts. Check your local news or the National Weather Service. Find out if your community has a weather alert system in place and learn the warning signals.
Develop a plan to protect your family
Prepare ahead. Make sure your family agrees on a safe meeting place and has a plan in place prior to the storm. Determine the safest spot in your home where you can seek shelter if conditions warrant it unsafe to leave. Create an emergency kit that includes plenty of water, food, flashlights, a charged cell phone and blankets. Check out the full list of recommendations from FEMA.
Secure your home
You’ve heard the warning signals. Now, prepare your home to ensure the least amount of damage. Close all windows, blinds, curtains, and shutters. Clear any debris around your house that poses a threat, such as loose tree limbs or shrubbery. Secure all patio furniture, grills and any other outside equipment that could cause damage or be destroyed during a storm. Finally, don’t forget to consider purchasing flood insurance if your home is in a designated flood zone. Check out this video to learn more.
Stay safe after the storm
If you think you’re out of danger when the storm ends, think again. According to government statistics, flood waters actually cause more deaths than any other threat during a storm. Avoid driving into flooded areas. Beware of downed power lines and electrical appliances damaged by water. Flood waters often harbor dangerous bacteria so take precautions when cleaning up after a storm.
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