People who live in the USA often experience extreme weather situations. The force of nature can be extremely powerful and in most cases it ends with large scale catastrophes.
In order to avoid unwanted situations where your life can be in danger, you need to follow some steps to protect yourself and your loved ones. These steps are also important if you're travelling in an area that is known for its severe weather conditions.
Storms and floods are the most common natural disasters in the USA, so in this article we're going to talk about what necessary precautions you need to take.
- Do your research on the weather pattern
I'm pretty sure you've heard about El Niño. It's the most powerful natural phenomenon. It occurs every two to seven years and it can last anywhere between 6 and 18 months. That is pretty intense.
This phenomenon is so strong that it impacts weather conditions and temperatures all over the world. So if you're going to be in the US for the next few months or you're going to be travelling, make sure you check the weather conditions in those areas.
- Come up with an emergency plan
If you plan on travelling in an area where the weather is not going to be too friendly, it's probably a good idea to postpone your trip.
But if you live in an area that is affected by extreme weather situations, then coming up with an emergency plan will guide you through what you have to do.
This plan needs to contain the following:
- - What to do.
- - Where to go in case of an emergency.
- - Tips on how to keep in touch with your loved ones.
- - Emergency phone numbers.
- - Special needs that have to be addressed (such as health problems).
Keep it somewhere where you can easily find it.
- Preparations for extreme weather
If a storm is coming towards the area you live in, then you need to start preparing for it. Check if your roof is in good condition, check your doors, your windows, make sure you remove any leaves, trash or debris from gutters, and see if the drainage is in order.
Is there's a possibility of a flooding, then you may want to move your most important belongings upstairs or somewhere else. In this preparation stage, it's extremely important to stock up on enough food and water to last you and your family for days.
Also, it's important to have your electronics charged and some extra batteries just in case.
- Where is your shelter going to be?
You have to know in advance where you're going to hide when the storm hits. It would be ideal to hide in your basement, but only if it doesn't have any windows.
- If the weather puts your life in danger, go away from that area
Every minute is extremely important in extreme weather situations, so if you are advised to evacuate the area you live in, then you should do that.
Prepare wisely for extreme weather situations
Bad weather is nothing to joke around with, as you can probably tell from all the news that we see from time to time on TV. But if you make sure to check the weather in advance, monitor it and apply the steps above, then you will be safe.