Thanks to climate change, the weather can shift from normal to severe in a matter of hours, leaving many people in distress. Extreme weather changes include flash floods, tornadoes, extreme snow, and storms. These are natural disasters that cannot be controlled. They leave a trail of destruction of property, injure people, and even cause the loss of lives. You and your family need to be safe by coming up with ways to mitigate these impacts. Here are some ways to prepare for these changes:
1) Know the Weather Patterns in Your Location
Being aware of expected weather events in your area will guide you on what to prepare for to avoid being caught off guard. Accessing this information is easy as you can access real-time data beamed from a professional weather station set right in your homestead, place of work or even at school. The weather station gives you accurate readings in your area with regards to relative humidity, barometric pressure, heat signatures, rainfall, the speed of the wind and its direction, all this with minimal errors. Finding this information online from weather forecast websites and apps or by watching local TV news is no longer very accurate since these platforms will give a general overview of weather covering large swathes of land.
2) Have an Emergency Safety Plan Ready
Come up with a plan that will train and guide your whole family on what to do in case of extreme weather. This plan should include memorizing or noting down the local response team’s emergency phone number and establishing the safest place to shelter in your home. Everyone should know how to reunite in case people are separated during an evacuation. Ensure you conduct this emergency training every year so that all family members, especially children, know what to do when a disaster occurs.
3) Have A Storage For Emergency Supplies.
Extreme weather affects the ability of people to move out, purchase goods, and get services. Also, amenities like water, power, network connectivity, and gas could be cut off. You need to have a stash of food, water, medicine, and a backup power plan in place, for example, a generator to avoid issues such as starvation. Other supplies that are important are first aid kit since the risk of injury is high, a battery-powered radio, toiletries, and blankets. The supplies should be enough to maintain your whole family for a week since storms or floods can go on for days. Ensure you have all the essential supplies in place for easy access.
4) Have an Evacuation Plan
Some patterns are highly dangerous, and it is advisable to leave your home temporarily and go to a safer location. A warning could be given that a storm or flood is coming and you would be required to vacate the area by local administrators. Do not stay in your house if such a warning is issued since you will be putting your family’s lives at risk. Come up with an exit strategy before the actual disaster. If you live in an area that is prone to flooding, you should look for an elevated place to take your family and avoid drowning. In some areas, public rescue shelters are available; have all your essentials ready and find the safest way to get there as transportation may be hindered.