Before Severe Weather Strikes
When severe weather rolls through, it can be fierce and devastating to everything that is in its path. While it can be tempting to disregard showers as just another part of warm weather, any time there is thunder, there is a potential for more serious damages to occur. It is important to take severe weather seriously and prepare in advance for it to occur so you can stay safe.
By having an understanding of weather alerts, making sure you have provisions on hand and ensuring you have access to important updates, you can significantly increase your safety and know for certain that you are prepared.
Have an Understanding of Weather Alerts
The good thing about weather alerts is that they are a concise way to get much-needed information, but only if you understand what the commonly used terms mean. A severe weather watch indicates that while severe weather is possible, it has not yet begun in the area. For a severe weather warning, however, that means that there is severe weather actively occurring and everyone in its path should seek shelter.Make Sure You Have Provisions on Hand
Before a storm rolls through and forces you to hunker down, make sure you have the necessary provisions and supplies on hand to stay safe. Electricity is often the first thing to go in severe weather, so flashlights and batteries are a must. Additionally, having food and water is a good idea, as well as a stocked first-aid kit. Having a household safe area is also wise—generally a closet or hallway is recommended as a spot to shelter in place.
Ensure You Have Access to Important Updates
Because we are so dependent on cell phones for updates about what is going on in the world, they are generally our primary method of receiving weather updates as well. When things turn severe, however, they are not always the best solution. Not only can power be knocked out during severe weather, but the cell and data reception will often become spotty or nonexistent. Ensuring you have access to these pertinent alerts by purchasing something like a NOAA Weather Radio is a smart way to give your safety a boost.
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