Although severe weather can happen at any time of the year, the main severe season starts very soon, and it has never been more important to be prepared.
Whether you're stuck in a strong thunderstorm, hail is falling, or worse, you see a tornado in the distance, following these simple guidelines will help protect yourself and your family from nature's worst.
Want to take action? Follow these simple guidelines to protect yourself and your family from nature's worst.
There are three simple principles to remember during severe weather:
Get Inside: If you are outside, get indoors! If you're already inside, get as far into the middle of the building as possible.
Get Low: Wherever you are, try to get as low as you can. A storm cellar or basement is usually the safest part of the house during severe weather. If you don't have one, go to the lowest floor possible.
Cover up - Flying and falling debris such as wood are a storm's number one killer. For protection, you can use several household items such as blankets, coats, and helmets.
What if you're not home:
While a home is usually the safest place to shelter during severe weather, sometimes we can get caught off guard, usually in a vehicle or running an errand. If this is the case, your best way to stay prepared is to stay aware.
A severe thunderstorm blows over a large limb, smashing a nearby car.
Before your trip, monitor television, radio, NOAA weather radio, and the internet for storm location information. If severe storms are ongoing or are forecast in your location, consider delaying your travel. Also, you should have three ways to receive a storm or tornado warning. Do not rely on the town alarm.
If you are unlucky and caught in your car or on the street, stop what you are doing and seek shelter in the nearest building immediately. Gas stations, convenience stores, and supermarkets are usually nearby. Vehicles are terrible places to be in during severe weather. You should always try to seek shelter indoors and follow the three principles mentioned above.
In summary, it is possible to survive a severe thunderstorm. However, the key is to have a survival plan. Follow these guidelines, and always stay aware of the forecast to keep yourself and your family safe.