Despite all the advances humans make in technology, design and medicine, there are still components of life that we have no control over and one of those things is the weather. Sometimes you may wish that it would stop raining or maybe the temperature would cool down a bit but what humans never want is the kind of destructive, severe weather that damages your property, your cities and displaces your family and friends.
Sometimes catastrophic weather comes with an announcement and sometimes it doesn’t but if you and your family are prepared for all the different kinds of weather systems that affect your area, you can protect your family and save what is important to you. Read on for tips from The Catastrophe Geek and find out some of the best things you can do for you and your family when disastrous weather strikes.
1. Pay Attention to Weather Reports
Keeping an eye on the weather reports around your area is the same as reading about the current events in your community or checking on your sports teams–you should do so everyday in case anything suddenly changes. While one day, the reports may say that everything is sunshine and rainbows as stated earlier, weather is unpredictable. A host of factors out of your control can change weather systems quickly so if the reports are claiming something dangerous headed your way, take heed and begin preparations. Remember, better safe than sorry.
2. Have Emergency Plans
It only takes going through a natural disaster once for you to understand the necessity of preparation. Have a family discussion about what would happen in the event of a natural disaster and plan for each kind of disaster. Know where to go in the home during things like tornados and flooding events. Know where you would head if your area was evacuated. Know what you would bring and how to properly pack for such an event.
3. Have an Emergency Kit
Emergency kits can be extremely helpful in times of trouble. Emergency kits are usually a survival pack in the event that you cannot get out of your city or if you have to relocate quickly. They should contain the following: at least 3 days worth of food, water and clothes, a battery operated radio and flashlight, medicines and supplies like gauze, antibacterial and bandages, a cell phone with charger, tools, and watertight containers for documentation.
4. Have Back-Ups
If you have some notification that severe weather is headed your way, back up things like your computers, DVD collection, financial documents, identification papers, anything that you wouldn’t like to lose to an external hard drive or jump drive. The thing people most often lament the loss of during natural disasters is the pictures, so if you have time, back-up your photos to an internet storage site or to the other drives. They may not be the originals but you can always print new copies.
5. Have Updated Insurance
Be sure that you have an up to date insurance plan in the event of a severe weather. Be sure that you always read information sent from your insurance provider regarding possible policy changes. In addition, be sure that you have coverage for the kinds of bad weather that affects your area the most.
6. Have a Rainy Day Fund
They call it a rainy day fund for a reason. Having a bit of money stashed away in your emergency kit is smart planning in case bad weather strikes and the financial systems are frozen or fail. This way you and your family can still purchase food, gas or shelter.
This post was written by M.G. Bachemin in association with Herb Carver. For more information about sever weather systems and how to handle them, visit http://thecatastrophegeek.com/.