The best way to get through a heavy storm safely is by remaining calm and preparing an emergency action plan beforehand. There are many other things you can do in order to prepare for a storm. You can never be too “ready”. As the saying goes, better safe than sorry. If you know a big storm is hitting your area, make sure to follow these steps in order to prepare for it.
Things you can do before a storm:
- Make sure outdoor loose items are safely secured. Go around your yard and tie down or put away objects that can be lifted away by strong winds.
- Uprooted trees are the most common and most devastating of storms. There are a few trees you should watch for that could risk being uprooted. Such as trees that have dense canopies, dead or dying trees, and young, small trees. To prepare these trees for a storm, you, or a professional, can prune and maintain them. Especially heavily dense trees, pruning will help wind flow through the canopies much easier and it’ll be less likely that it will be uprooted.
- Park your car(s) undercover or away from trees or other objects that may fall on it.
- If you know the storm will last for a couple of days, make sure you stock up on necessary food and appliances. Check if you have enough food and water. You can also get some batteries, flashlights, and portable chargers in case of a power outage.
Things you can do during a storm:
- In the event of a severe storm, make sure everyone is indoors and away from windows. The safest places in a house are away from windows and rooms with strong walls. Avoid staying on the upper floors in case the roof collapse.
- Avoid touching any floodwater.
- Do not go outdoors until it has been announced that it is safe.