After a long, frigid winter spent putting on multiple layers and cranking up the heat, we welcome Spring with open arms. Sunnier skies, T-shirts and flowers in bloom are a sight for sore eyes. But along with the warmer temperatures comes the very real potential for deadly weather.
Teeth-chattering cold nights give way to severe storms, with the occasional tornado or flood. In fact, floods are among the most common natural disasters. Another flood fact: over half of those who have died in a flood were in cars swept away by water.
Know where you stand
Different regions of the country are affected by different hazardous weather conditions. If you have recently moved to a different area, do your research to know what you can expect. Your part of the country might be prone to tornadoes, or your home might be located on a floodplain.
Learn some the basics of tornado prepping
Do you know the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning? Seasoned preppers might scoff at the idea of being unfamiliar, but you’d be surprised how many people get it wrong.
A tornado watch means that there is a possibility of a tornado in your area, based predictions by meteorologists. A tornado warning means that a tornado has actually touched down and has been spotted.
Regardless, put a weather safety plan in place. Include everyone in your household and make sure everyone is on the same page as far as what to do, where to go and where supplies are. Run a quick five-minute drill every year.
Gear up for Spring
It’s a good idea to have a supply of storm gear and emergency items on hand in case your area is hit with severe weather.
- Protective gear is a must. Helmets, safety goggles, coats, boots and gloves can save a life. Most tornado-related injuries are a result of being struck by debris.
- Purchase a nice quality first aid kit.
- Get some two-way family radios in case cell service goes down.
- Make sure you have at least a few flashlights.
Stay informed by checking the news once a day for weather alerts. Stay ahead of dramatic weather instead of waiting until it’s too late to prepare.