Getting outside without winter gear, feeling the sunshine and watching flowers grow are just some of the pleasant things to look forward to during spring and summer.
Unfortunately, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and wildfires are some of the unpleasant things people across the country also have to deal with in spring and summer.
With severe weather and wildfire season upon us, take the time now to prepare so you can stay safe before, during and after a natural disaster.
Before a Natural Disaster
Before a dangerous weather or wildfire event occurs in your area:
- Make a plan on how to deal with dangerous events that can occur in your area. Don’t wait until something is already happening.
- Review and adjust homeowners or renter’s insurance policies.
- Build a disaster supply kit.
- Know how to protect your home against events like high winds, floods or wildfires.
- Find reliable sources of information, like the National Weather Service or your local news, that you can check throughout the event.
- Consider what you would do depending on where you are during the event.
- Choose a family meeting place in case cell service stops.
- Plan how you will take shelter or evacuate if needed.
- Consider what alternative routes you could take to avoid heavy traffic if an event requires you to leave the area.
During the Event
During the severe weather or wildfire event:
- Tune into your local TV or radio station for frequent updates.
- Put your freezer and refrigerator on the coldest settings to keep your food cold for a longer period of time in case you lose power.
- Stay home (unless you’re told to evacuate) until it is reported safe to go out.
We always encourage our members to heed warnings from local authorities and weather experts. So if you have been ordered to evacuate or take cover, please do so!
After It Passes
After the event is over:
- Listen for updates and instructions because there may be places that are unsafe to go.
- If you had to evacuate, only return home when it is reported to be safe.
- Watch for fallen power lines and debris.
- Don’t walk or drive in flood waters because they may have a strong current that can sweep you or your car away.
- Take pictures of your damaged property for your insurance claims.
You can never be too prepared to face a catastrophic event or natural disaster. Use these additional resources to find other information on how to keep your family, pets and home safe: