Spring is known for unexpected and severe weather. From tornadoes to thunderstorms and potential flooding, it’s time to get prepared in case a storm strikes where you are. It’s very important to be aware of what’s coming and take the necessary steps to protect yourself.
Use Weather Alerts to Stay Informed
There are many ways you can be made aware of oncoming storms. Most smartphones have weather alerts that come up automatically. You can also download specific apps like the free Red Cross Emergency app so that you can be sure to get the information you need anywhere you have your phone. If you have a Guardian security system, weather alerts are also built in to your keypad so a special alarm goes off in warning.
Here’s an example of a Guardian customer who was notified of an oncoming storm via her keypad:
When Ciegi’s peaceful sleep was interrupted by an alarm tone from her Guardian security system, it caused a bit of panic. Almost immediately, however, she recognized the tone was different than the burglary alarm. She inquired at the keypad and noticed it said “weather alert”… The family’s Guardian alarm system had received a tornado warning in her area and was alerting her family to it. The tornado, travelling with 100+ mph winds, touched down in two different areas within 20 miles of Ciegi’s home. Read more.
After you’ve taken the steps to ensure you’ll be notified of an oncoming storm, you also can prepare for emergencies in the main areas you might find yourself when the storm hits.
Build a Severe Weather Kit
Here are some things you should have in your home and car just in case:
- A flashlight and extra batteries
- A first aid kit
- Bottled water and nonperishable food
- Blankets and warm/dry clothes
- Battery-powered charger for your phone
- Emergency plan (tailored for when you are in your home or car)
Thunder and lightening storms are more common during spring and summer months, so brush up on your storm safety! You may not always be able to stay indoors and off the road when a storm is coming, but if you can, you should.
At the first sound of thunder or sign of lightening, go inside and stay put for at least 30 minutes. You may be enjoying some much needed fresh air when a storm hits, so remember that open shelters like tents and covered porches do not protect you from lightening.
Though storm warnings might be frequent this spring, don’t disregard them. Make sure you understand how severe weather may impact you and your home. Here are some great resources to brush up on your severe weather facts.