Not all homes have the luxury of being completely stable in a neutral and predictable climate. Oftentimes, a hurricane or nor'easter will come out of no where and leave a path of chaos and destruction in its wake. Weather terms like "bomb cyclone" and "thundersnow" are being tossed around as if they've been a part of our vernacular for centuries. And these days it isn't just snowing outside: it's "Winter Storm [insert name here]"! How are owners of older homes, for example, supposed to keep up?
Your Home In Harsh Weather: How To Stay Safe
Keeping your home and your loved ones safe and secure during storms and other weather emergencies should be priority number one when it comes to emergency preparedness. Having the right plan, and the right tools on hand, are paramount to staying safe and out of harm's way. Here's what we suggest for staying safe in harsh weather.
A Safe Room
A safe room (or a panic room) is a designated, reinforced room in your home (either attached within, or detached), where your family should gather in case of an emergency. In parts of the country where natural disasters like tornadoes are likely, storm cellars or tornado shelters are common and considered a safe room. No reinforced rooms or storm cellars handy? Try a bathroom, closet or pantry. “These alternative safe rooms work best because of their absence of windows,” says Buzz Weiss of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA).
Keep an emergency kit filled with all of the necessary essentials stored safely in your safe room. Your kit should be made out of waterproof and fireproof material, yet readily accessible.
Websites like ready.gov and beprepared.com provide great advice on how to build your own kit.
When instructed to shelter in place, having these practical tools on hand could save your life.
It can be very important to utilize a service such as Tanks Direct in order to store the water you need for long term emergency preparedness. A water tank could help you irrigate your property in arid climates, store water that is drained throughout your property, or help you offset some of the harsher weather conditions you may become exposed to. This practical tool can make a real positive difference in the long term and for a wide variety of uses.
Do you and your family have an emergency plan in place? What advice would you share? Let us know in the comments below.