Natural disasters, and bad storms happen all the time, sometimes without warning, and way beyond our control. There are certain parts of the world that are more prone to them than others. Regardless of where you’re located, it’s important to know which steps to take to prepare for a storm as well as what to do in order to survive the full brunt of one.
Make sure you have enough home coverage to take care of any damages when you first move into your home. This is the most important thing you can do to protect your home. You can’t control what happens to it. All you can do is make sure you have the means to get it repaired if need be. Be sure to also get flood insurance as well as fire insurance. Sometimes these things have to be purchased separately, unless you’re able to purchase an insurance package that covers everything. Be sure you know what you’re getting so that you won’t be surprised and unprepared later.
Sometimes a storm can strike without warning, however, most of the time the news will give you an alert to when and how a storm is likely to occur. Keep track of it through the news on your television, radio, or even on your phone if you have an app that shows you what the weather is like.
If you know in advance that a bad storm is coming, which you should, than it’s best to make a trip to the store to purchase anything you need in order to get through it. Supplies such as batteries, food, lots of water, flashlights, candles, battery powered lanterns, and first aid kits are essential to have in every household, especially during a storm. With food, although not as healthy, purchase what won’t necessarily have to go in your refrigerator in the event that your power goes out for a long length of time. Survival is the key here, not the amount of calories you’re consuming.
Other supplies are very helpful too. If you have a cell phone, which most people do, consider getting a portable charger that’s compatible with your phone, as well as enough batteries in order for it to charge your phone in case your phone line goes dead. There are portable chargers available for smartphones, and other basic cells that use a charger similar or identical to a smartphone charger. Portable chargers are also available for older basic phones as well. Here are some links to portable chargers:
OVC Portable Charger
Portable Chargers on Amazon
Portable Phone Chargers from Walmart
One thing people often misunderstand about cordless phones and landline phones, is that if your power goes out, your landline phone will no longer work until the power comes back on. This is NOT true. When your power goes out it is ONLY your cordless phone that will no longer work, however, your landline will still work because your phone lines are different from your power lines. I would recommend every household get at least one landline to have just in case, that way you can still get in contact with anyone to make sure they’re alright, and to let them know you’re alright as well.
In the event that your phone lines go dead, that is what the portable cell phone chargers are for. So take every precaution you can to stay in contact with your loved ones. If you are able to invest in getting a backup generator, do so. If you can’t, make sure you get what you can, and don’t focus on what you can’t. Most people get through a storm without a backup generator just fine, myself included.
if you live in an area more prone to bad storms, especially, you’ll want to board up your windows and any other weak area around the outside of your home. Don’t board your windows to the point where you can’t still open them from the inside, however. You’ll want to keep them cracked just a bit so that the pressure won’t build up inside of your home. This is essential during a tornado storm.
During the storm, be sure to shut everything off and unplug all of your appliances and electronics. You don’t want anything blowing out if you’re in the middle of an electrical storm, or a thunderstorm. This doesn’t always happen, but better safe than sorry. Stay off the phone as well; home phone and cell phone. With home phones it could be dangerous to be on it during an electrical storm. With your cell phone, it’s best to preserve your battery power. Only use it if necessary.
Stay away from windows, and don’t go outside. Sometimes it’s tempting, but it’s also dangerous. In case anyone gets separated because you’re out somewhere instead of home, establish a meeting point so you all can meet up there. It’s best to stay together, and indoors. Get inside as quickly as you can and make sure everyone is accounted for. Have your supplies listed earlier near you just in case there’s a section of your home that gets too damaged or becomes to dangerous to enter. Have blankets also. Get any important documents and put them in a safe. Keep the safe next to you until the storm has passed.
Use your batteries to keep listening out for what’s happening with the storm on the radio. If you didn’t have a radio, this should have been purchased with the other supplies mentioned. If you have one, and it breaks, use your cell phone if you must. Keep in mind that even though you have a portable charger for your phone, your cell phone service may be down at some point because of the storm, so you’ll really need a radio. You’ll need to know whether or not an emergency evacuation is going to take place or not.
For more information on Surviving a Storm:
Surviving a Winter Storm
Surviving a Tornado