While most preppers focus on natural disasters, it’s so important to understand the risks and dangers of extreme weather, and how you can be prepared if it ever strikes your location. From severe storms and tornadoes to debilitating blizzards, extreme weather can wreak havoc on certain areas of the country.
Unfortunately, severe weather is often something that often occurs alongside natural disasters.
So, knowing what to do can make a big difference when it comes to keeping you and your family safe.
Let’s cover a few common types of dangerous weather and some tips you can use to prepare for the worst-case scenario.
Get Your Home Ready
Securing your home from extreme weather should always be your top priority, especially when high winds that could cause damage are involved. Thankfully, you don’t have to spend a fortune or take a lot of time to make safe changes and choices.
First, make sure the structure of your home is as secure as possible. Natural disasters aside, severe thunderstorm damage caused economic losses of $27 billion in the U.S. in 2019 alone. Don’t let this type of weather damage your home, your pocketbook, and your well-being.
You might not be able to keep severe weather from hitting your house, but preventative measures can make a big difference in the safety of your property. Consider adding some of the following to keep your home protected:
- Retaining walls
- Hurricane-resistant windows
- Fire-resistant landscaping
You should also seal any cracks in your foundation, remove debris from around your home that could cause damage, and bolt down or secure heavy outdoor objects if there’s a lot of wind expected in an upcoming storm.
Your family is part of your home. Keeping the structure of your house as secure as possible is important, but nothing is more crucial than making sure your family is safe. So, make sure you have a preparedness plan in place before a storm strikes. Everyone should know their evacuation route, and you should have a communication strategy in place if you end up getting separated.
Disaster recovery is a completely different ballgame. If you’re familiar with natural disasters, you probably already know everything that goes into restoring your home to its original state. But, if you’re just dealing with extreme weather, you can prepare yourself and your property as much as possible ahead of time. Doing so will reduce your dependence on disaster recovery, and you’ll get better in your preparedness skills with each passing thunderstorm or blizzard.
Prepare for a Power Outage
It’s not uncommon for the power to get knocked out during a bad storm. But, crews typically have things up and running again in a few hours, or a few days in severe situations. That said, being without power for too long isn’t sustainable.
While you may not be able to prevent power outages, there are things you can do to prepare yourself for them, including:
- Putting together an emergency kit with supplies
- Using a weather radio
- Having plenty of flashlights and extra batteries
- Having a stock of purified water
We’ve seen an influx of power outages across our country lately due to extreme weather. In 2020, U.S. outages jumped 73%. While there are other factors playing into some of those outages, severe weather was the main culprit. It’s never safe to assume that the power will come back on quickly after a disastrous weather event. So, take matters into your own hands to prepare yourself, so your family won’t be “in the dark” for long.
A final tip? If you seem to experience frequent power outages whenever a storm hits, it could be time to invest in a generator to keep your family self-sufficient.
Keep Your Car Safe
You’re not always going to be home when severe weather hits. While cars are typically safe places to be in storms because of their hard-topped metal exterior, accidents can still happen as what’s coming from the sky.
If you happen to be driving – either to get away from bad weather or you just find yourself with bad luck on icy roads, try some of the following to make your commute safer and easier:
- Plan ahead to drive slower
- Keep your car clean and free from distractions
- Increase your following distance
- Have items like a snow brush, flashlight, blanket, and extra food and water
Keeping your car well-maintained is also a great way to protect it from bad weather. Taking it regularly to a trustworthy mechanic will let you know of any problems before they become too big, and it will give you peace of mind knowing your vehicle is in top shape so you don’t have to deal with a breakdown on the side of the road.
If you truly want to be prepared for all situations, the tips listed here can keep everyone safe and secure if you ever experience any type of storm or heavy weather pattern. Put these preparation tips into practice before your next storm hits, and you and your family will be prepared for everything.