How to Prepare for Severe Weather

Four Methods:Flash FloodsSevere StormsStrong WindsTornadoes

Severe weather can range from phenomenon such as a flash flood to something more deadly like a tornado. That's why it's always important to be prepared for anything that severe weather can bring.

Steps

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    Know what kind of severe weather event it will be. This is very important. Knowing this can save you unnecessary stress, and lets you know if you need to get safe now!

Method 1
Flash Floods

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    Move everything valuable from the basement upstairs. If you have any furniture in the basement, cover it with a thick tarp. This will hopefully keep most or all of the water off of it.
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    Don't drive in a flash flood! This is extremely dangerous! If you're out driving and one occurs, try to avoid major areas of standing water or driving near bodies of water such as an underpass or a flat road.

Method 2
Severe Storms

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    Stay indoors. Severe storms are often accompanied by strong lightening. If you are outdoors, seek shelter immediately. Stay away from trees and out of water. Try to find an open business (hotel, fast food restaurant, etc.) to stay in until the storm passes.
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    Keep watching the weather. If the power goes out, use a radio. This way, you will be informed if there is or may be a tornado.

Method 3
Strong Winds

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    Stay away from trees. Heavy winds can blow these down.
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    Batten down your shutters to prevent them from blowing off. You can do this by tightening loose bolts or just removing them all together.
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    Don't park under or near a big tree. The wind could blow the tree down on your car.

Method 4
Tornadoes

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    If there is a tornado, get to shelter immediately! Places like your basement or a windowless room (like a closet) are the only safe places to go. Make sure to have a weather radio on hand, and some food and medical supplies (band-aids, gauze, etc.)
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    Know the strength. If it is an F1 or F2, it shouldn't do to terrible of damage (but still seek shelter anyway.) If it's and F4 or an F5, it will cause collateral damage and will be very deadly.

Tips

  • Having a plan is always a good measure.
  • If the storm will make lots of collateral damage, then have a first aid kit with you.
  • Stay away from the windows.

Warnings

  • Don't leave your secure area until you are sure the tornado is gone.
  • Severe weather is dangerous! Don't ever do anything that you think may endanger you or anyone else!

Article Info

Categories: Storms