We’re Storm Ready! Are You?

June 26, 2022

Storm season is in full swing. Many summer storms have the potential to produce high winds and even tornadoes that can bring winds over 200 miles per hour. As adults, we understand the importance of storm safety, but younger children and teens may not realize storms’ dangers. That’s why it’s so important to talk to your family and have a storm plan in place. Here are several tips you can share with your loved ones. The time to plan is now. Be Prepared.

Before the Storm

Talk to your family about what to do in a severe storm or tornado. Point out the safest location to shelter, like a small, interior, windowless room on the lowest level of your home. Discuss the dangers of severe thunderstorms; lightning can strike 10 miles outside of a storm. Remember: when you hear the thunder roar, head indoors.

Make a storm kit. Having a few items on hand is better than nothing. Try to include water, non-perishable foods, a manual can opener, a First-Aid kit, flashlights and extra batteries, prescriptions, baby supplies, and pet supplies. Keep all the items in one place for easy access if the power goes out.

During the Storm

Pay attention to local weather alerts on TV, smartphone, or the radio—and understand the types of alerts. A thunderstorm or tornado watch means these events are possible. A warning means a thunderstorm or tornado has been spotted in your area, and it’s time to take action.

If you find yourself in the path of a tornado, head to your safe place to shelter and protect yourself by covering your head with your arms or materials like blankets and pillows.

If you’re driving during a severe storm or tornado, do not try to outrun it. Pullover and cover your body with a coat or blanket if possible.

After the Storm

If the power is out, conserve your phone battery as much as possible, limiting calls and texts to let others know you are safe or for emergencies only.

Stay off the roads if trees, power lines, or utility poles are down. Lines and equipment could still be energized, posing life-threatening risks to anyone who gets too close.

Wear appropriate gear if you’re cleaning up storm debris on your property. Thick-soled shoes, long pants, and work gloves will help protect you from sharp or dangerous debris left behind.

Summer is a time for many fun-filled activities, but the season can also bring severe, dangerous weather. Talk to your loved ones about storm safety so that everyone is prepared and knows what to do when a storm hits.