Tornadoes can form during thunderstorms when warm and cold air mix and the wind speed and direction changes. No region is safe from flooding, making it one of the most widespread natural disasters in the US.
The Second Tornado Season
It’s almost time for the second tornado season in America. While the spring season more directly affects the American Midwest, the second tornado season more commonly affects the Atlantic Coastal plain.
While less severe than its Springtime counterpart, the second active tornado season runs from late October to mid-November marking a seasonal change and alternating cold and warm weather.
The Rainy Season
The rainy season in the United States typically runs from July to November, and severe weather is a year-round threat. There is no time like the present to prepare.
With autumn on its way, and the weather shifting dramatically, we’re considering the best ways to prepare for severe weather ahead.
Whether you are responsible for protecting your family, home, employees, students, or others, you should have a plan in place to ensure safety during incidents such as these.
LifeSecure has created an easy-to-follow guide to preparing for severe weather conditions like tornadoes and heavy rain.
10 Steps for Tornado and Flood Preparation
Tornado season can be frightening, but a different layer of preparedness needs to be considered when planning for the second tornado season as it coincides with the rainy season.
1. Monitor the Weather
Stay alert to changing weather conditions by listening to a NOAA Radio or television newscasts for the latest information.
2. Plan Communication Methods
Keep important numbers written down in your wallet, send text messages instead of calling, and consider using social media to keep others informed.
3. Evacuate Before Flooding Starts
Seek higher ground and avoid being trapped when the flooding begins.
4. Establish a Safe Location
The location can be at home, at work, or at school. This should be a basement, storm cellar, or an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows in the event of a tornado. If flooding is a possibility during a storm, however, higher ground is imperative.
5. Invest in an Emergency Kit
Make sure it’s clearly marked and everyone who might need it knows where to locate it. Before the rainy season begins, you can even put together your own kit.
6. Prepare Basic First Aid Tips
Teach others in your group how to administer basic first aid, how to use a fire extinguisher, and how and when to turn off water, gas, and electricity.
7. Stock Up on Emergency Food and Water
Families should set aside one gallon of water per person per day and a three-day supply of food per person.
Include short and long-term dehydrated food options such as canned or emergency dried foods, tuna, crackers, or high-calorie food bars.
8. Create a Protected Space for Supplies
If the safe zone isn’t a large space make sure to have a compact, easy-roll, durable and protected place for all of your supplies.
9. Include Hygiene and Sanitation Items
Bio-hazard bags, toilet paper, and moist towelettes are a must for any emergency kit.
10. Plan for Necessary Medications
Make sure those who are on necessary medication have it easily accessible to them.
The Best in Emergency Preparedness Kits
While it’s impossible to control the occurrence of natural disasters such as tornadoes or flooding, there are many measures that can be taken to keep yourself and those around you safe.
Investing in an emergency kit for flooding or tornadoes and making sure it’s clearly marked so that everyone knows where to locate it is invaluable in a disaster.
It is critical that you are prepared with the necessary survival supplies so you and others can survive without power and other everyday comforts in days after severe weather.