Tips to Increase Your Safety in Advance of Severe Weather | SERVPRO® of Maitland/Casselberry
Any storm has the potential to cause serious destruction and should be taken seriously, and when severe weather is on the way, those in its path will often only have moments to react and seek shelter from the storm. The best thing to do is to work to increase your safety in advance of a severe weather event so that when one is possible, you are already certain you are prepared.
Having an awareness of what watches and warnings mean, stocking up on disaster supplies for your home and having a backup method to get weather alerts are all ways that you can be certain you are adequately prepared for severe weather.
Be Aware of What Watches and Warnings Mean
When severe weather is on the way, local officials will generally issue watches and warnings to keep the public informed about the current conditions, so it is important to know what they mean. A storm watch is issued if conditions are particularly favorable for a storm to develop, but one has yet to occur in the area. A storm warning is more serious, as it means storms have been spotted on the ground and are a threat to the area. During a storm watch, you can simply stay alert, but during a storm warning, you should take cover immediately
Stock Up on Disaster Supplies for the Home
The advice when severe weather is on the way is to almost always stay where you are until it moves through the area, which is where the recommendation for stocking up on disaster supplies at home stems from. Power will often go out during storms, so having flashlights (with batteries), food and water for every person in your family will help keep everyone comfortable until the threat is gone. Additionally, have a first-aid kit and a designated area to wait out the worst of the storm that is protected within the home.
Have a Backup Method for Weather Alerts
Though our primary form of communication has now become cell phones, they are not always the most reliable method of receiving weather alerts. Storms can knock out cell phone reception and electricity to charge them, so having a secondary method to receive alerts is wise. A NOAA Weather Radio is commonly recommended by experts as the most reliable.
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