How to prepare for severe weather

As we are reaching the end of April and entering more humid weather, it's important to become aware of the dangerous weather that comes with it. 

 

The general threats of severe weather vary greatly depending on where you are. The list of hazards is long since severe weather includes natural disasters as well as regular weather. During a severe weather event, power outages are to be expected. As a result, it's a good idea to have a backup power source and a few days' worth of food on hand while the damage is being fixed. 


A power or utility outage may remain longer if the severe weather is disruptive (flooding, heavy winds, etc.). You should become aware of local dangers in order to be prepared for the most likely severe weather in your area.


What you should do to prepare for severe weather is primarily determined by what you are most likely to encounter. For example, having a grab-and-go pack in case of a wildfire evacuation (learn more about wildfire readiness) is not the same as being ready for a week or two without electricity following a major hurricane. The majority of severe weather can be avoided if you have adequate resources to be self-sufficient for 72 hours. 


Individuals and families should preserve up to two weeks' worth of supplies, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). If you live in a location where hurricanes, tornadoes, ice storms, or other calamities that might effect a big area over a long period of time occur, having that amount of supplies is very vital.

 

A general supply list for short-term events should include:

  • Food and water supplies for each person to be self-sufficient for 3 days. FEMA recommends at least a gallon of water per person, per day, along with non-perishable food items such as canned goods
  • A paper map with clearly-defined evacuation routes including meet-up locations if separated from other family members or friends
  • At few days’ supply of essential medications or prescriptions such as high cholesterol medication, anti-seizure prescriptions, insulin, or thyroid medicationChange of clothing
  • A change of clothing, along with spare shoes if able
  • Spare eyeglasses or contact lenses
  • An extra set of car and house keys
  • Spare cash (The power may be out so a credit card wouldn’t work)
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered weather radio and spare batteries
  • Portable Rocksolar unit such as the Nomad to charge both phones and radios
  • Sanitation supplies including heavy gloves (for sorting items on returning), and boots
  • Copies of essential documents (house deeds, photos, birth certificates, passports, etc.)

Most severe weather occurrences that do not necessitate evacuation are suitable for larger Rocksolar units. The majority of the time, severe weather situations do not necessitate evacuation. After a severe thunderstorm or ice storm, having a Rocksolar Nomad or Utility units in the house might provide critical power to numerous devices. Depending on the situation, you may need to have a variety of goods packed and ready to go.