Making Sure Your Family is Prepared for Severe Weather
Today, we are fortunate to have advance warnings for some types of severe weather, but there are also times where Mother Nature manages to catch us by surprise.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take and safety tips to follow that will guide you in preparing for your family’s safety in various severe weather occurrences.
Where to Start
One of the best ways to ensure your family’s safety is to have an established family emergency plan at the ready.
Be sure to go over your plan together as a family at the beginning of each weather season if there is an emergency plan in place so everyone knows exactly what to do.
Here are some things to take into consideration when creating your family emergency plan if you have not yet done so:
1. How will emergency alerts and warnings be received?
Thanks to technology today, emergency alerts and warnings are at our fingertips with our smartphones that are equipped with a weather app or Google. We can quickly receive emergency alerts, that provide us with valuable time in severe weather situations. Warnings and alerts are also still broadcast over radio and TV.
2. What type of storm shelter do you have?
Where tornadoes are a common occurrence, you’ll want to be in the lowest part of your home, preferably a basement, or if there is no basement, use an interior room on the lowest level that is away from corners, windows, doors, and outside walls. Tornadoes aren’t the only weather circumstance that requires a form of storm shelter, and you can learn about more of the situations that call for them by visiting ready.gov.
3. What are the evacuation routes?
Have you mapped out multiple evacuation routes because hurricanes, flooding, and fires can force you from your home at a moment’s notice? It’s wise to have multiple routes in the event one is impassable, and be sure you find places to stay with your pets along the way if you have furry family members involved in your evacuation.
4. How will everyone stay in touch?
Cell phones are the easiest way to keep in touch with your family, but in some circumstances, that just will not be possible. Cell phone towers can be damaged and phones could be lost or left behind; not to mention batteries will not last forever and there will be no power to recharge them.
Your family should have an emergency communication plan in place as well as a safe meeting place so that you can all meet there if separated.
If a storm does cause damage to your home or business, don’t hesitate to call your friends at SERVPRO® of Winston Salem North to get the cleanup and restoration process started.