Before Severe Weather Is Predicted, Make Sure You’re Prepared | SERVPRO® of Van Nuys South
Understanding the impact of severe weather is the first step toward being prepared against it. Though many storms may cause no damage at all, they all have the potential to be dangerous and even deadly due to high winds, hail and lightning strikes that all thunderstorms can produce.
Making sure you are prepared in advance of the prediction of severe weather by listening to local weather alerts, having household emergency supplies handy and finding a reliable way to get weather alerts will help you have peace of mind and know you are as prepared as possible for whatever weather events occur.
Listen to Local Weather Alerts
The local weather alerts dispatched by officials are a great way to stay informed as long as you are aware of what commonly used terms mean in their system. When a thunderstorm watch is released, that is their way of telling people to stay tuned, as conditions make a storm possible but one is not actively occurring. For a thunderstorm warning, the concern is more immediate as there has been a storm spotted nearby.
Have Household Emergency Supplies Handy
Keeping household emergency supplies handy is always a good idea, as you never know what could happen, but especially concerning the threat of severe weather. Just having the essentials, such as household medical supplies, sources of light, food and water, can go a long way in keeping everyone comfortable if the power goes out. You should keep these supplies in a shelter-safe area of the home, such as a stairwell or hallway that is protected from the outside elements.
Find a Reliable Way to Get Weather Alerts
Though our cell phones are typically our main source of news, updates and anything else going on in the world, when it comes to severe weather, having a more reliable alert system is recommended. Weather radios are not dependent on cell reception or electricity, which can be spotty during a storm, and provide you with updates directly from the weather experts regarding the current situation.
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