How to Prepare for Severe Spring Weather
As winter recedes, it is replaced by three months of spring characterized by rapidly changing and extreme weather. These can include major snowstorms, heavy rainfall, cyclones, and large tornadoes. The diverse weather is caused by the interaction of winter’s cold air as it migrates outwards and mingles with the warmer air entering the country.
Severe weather increases the risk of injury, loss of property, and even loss of life. With that in mind, here are some preparation steps you can follow to protect your home and your loved ones during this season.
1. Get an Emergency Battery-Operated Radio
During heavy rainfall and thunderstorms, your power may go out, leaving you in the dark about what’s going on in your area and other parts of the country. Even if your cell phone still has power, the nearest cell tower might have been compromised by the storm and unable to transmit a signal.
Having an emergency battery-operated radio can make sure you stay connected to the local news and weather reports. Powerful radio stations can broadcast signals about 100 miles or more to provide vital emergency information to areas hit hard by the storm.
2. Trim Any Trees Around Your Home
Remove any weak or damaged branches that may fall off during a storm and cause damage to your home or power lines. Some may be hidden, so make sure you inspect the trees thoroughly, especially if there’s dense foliage.
If your trees are very tall, you may also consider installing lightning protection for them to minimize the potential harm they may suffer. With adequate safeguards, such trees are more likely to remain sturdy during a storm and not cause damage to your home and surrounding structures.
3. Ensure You Have Basic Supplies Stocked
Ideally, your supplies should help you and your family survive for several days in the event of catastrophic weather as you wait for help.
A basic supply kit involves:
- Clean drinking water. Around 4 liters per person per day for at least a week.
- Non-perishable food supply for at least three days. This includes canned foods, dried fruits such as raisins and apricots, and dried cereals and grains.
- Extra batteries to power your emergency battery-operated radio.
- A fully stocked first aid kit.
- A flashlight with spare batteries.
- Prescription medications.
- Fire extinguishers, and more.
4. Stow Your Furniture and Other Yard Equipment
If harsh weather is forecasted, safeguard your property by stowing your furniture and other yard equipment in a garage or shed to ensure they’re not damaged or become a hazard.
After the storm, in case of any injuries or damages to your home or loved ones, contact your insurance company through your injury attorneys to make claims as per your insurance agreement.
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