Many people are unprepared when it comes to changes in the weather – it seems everything from hard rains to snow flurries cause the citizens of the Queen City to go into a state of panic; flooding the grocery stores for canned-good provisions and losing the ability to drive with any amount of sanity. That’s why it’s even more crucial to keep one’s head in the face of truly severe inclement weather like tornadoes. “But what can I do?”you ask, hurriedly, as you toss gallon after gallon of whole milk into your backseat.
Remember these Four Steps to keep your cool when the forecast calls for tumultuous winds:
1. Be Alert – Do the skies look grim and foreboding? Stop trying to play meteorologist and turn on the news or check your local websites for weather reports. Overloaded by the number of sites out there? Try Weather.com.
2. Make Sure Your Insurance Is Active – For homeowners, a lapsed insurance policy can make a huge difference in the face of a natural disaster. “But I’m renting this property!” you say. Don’t think you need to protect your valuables? Read this nifty article on the importance of Renter’s Insurance.
3. Seek Shelter- If a tornado is in your area, it’s not a good idea trying to outrun or out-drive one. You can flash back to those elementary school drills if you want, but check NOAA.gov for concise instructions that will fit any situation you may find yourself to be in. A good basic rule of thumb: stay away from walls and out of rooms with lots of things that could go flying around.
4. Develop A Safety Plan With Family/Friends – Where are the flashlights? Where will you meet if you get separated? Who’s got the key to the storeroom with all of my canned goods? Figure out a game plan beforehand and you won’t be so frazzled in the midst of an emergency. Check The Tornado Project for more tips on dealing with tornadoes.
Don’t be caught unawares like SOME people…