Published on June 12, 2013

Spring/Summer Severe Weather Tips

Severe spring and summer storms can create unsafe living and working conditions and interruptions of power and other services. Here are tips from Genesis emergency preparedness staff and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to remain safe.

General Preparation For Your Home

Stay in touch- You should have a flashlight, a weather radio with hand crank for operating briefly without batteries and batteries for both.

Have a plan- Where is the best place in your home to remain safe in a tornado or high winds? Does everyone in the house know where to go?

Communicate- Have a list of important personal information in a known location. Information should include telephone numbers of neighbors, family and friends, insurance information, personal medical information.

First Aid kit- Kit should have bandages and dressings, antibiotic ointment, prescription medications. 

Alternative cooking- Do you have propane or charcoal for the grill? You may need it for cooking if power is lost. But don’t cook in a confined space without adequate ventilation.

Emergency box- Should your home become unsafe at any time of the year, you may need to move temporarily. Box should have blankets and sleeping bags; matches; dry-chemical fire extinguisher; first-aid kit and instruction manual; candles; flashlight or battery-powered lantern; battery-powered radio; battery-powered clock or watch; extra batteries; non-electric can opener; games, playing cards and books; special needs items (diapers, hearing aid batteries, medications); food items that do not require cooking or refrigeration, such as bread, crackers, cereal, canned foods; water stored in clean containers (at least five gallons per person).

In The Event Of A Tornado

What is the plan? Determine the safest place in your home and make sure everyone in the home knows where to head. The key to surviving a tornado and reducing risk of injury comes from preparation and practicing the plan.

Safe places- The safest place in most homes is the interior part of the basement. If there is no basement, go to an inside room, without windows, on the lowest floor. This could be closet, hallway or bathroom.

Duck And Cover- Those drills of the 1960's in schools make sense in the event of a tornado or damaging winds. If possible, get under a heavy table or workbench. Cover your body with a blanket, sleeping bag, or mattress.  Cover your head with a sports helmet or biking helmet.

Escape- Do not stay in a tent, RV, or mobile home during a tornado. Go to a nearby building. If there is no available shelter, lie flat in a ditch, ravine or culvert and cover your head with your hands. Do not remain in a vehicle outside. Seek shelter or lie flat in a gully, ditch or low spot.

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