David Scott
David co-founded LifeSecure in 2005, just a few months before Hurricane Katrina taught everyone that one can go hungry and thirsty in America and even die before help arrives. For over a decade David has focused on developing and discovering superior emergency and disaster survival solutions - kits and supplies. He has trained community groups in emergency preparedness, helped non-profit organizations prepare emergency kits for needy individuals, conducted community emergency response exercises, and developed emergency plans for non-profit organizations. David makes an ongoing study of how best to prepare for and respond to various natural and man-made disasters, and his mission has been to help others “live Life SECURE” every day by preparing for what may come someday.
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How Should You Prepare for Tornado and Rain Season?

LifeSecure Tornado

We’ve heard the horror stories from the ferocious Tornado that hit Alabama this past week. Even with a 12-minute Tornado Warning issued, 23 people tragically lost their lives.

With Spring on its way, and the Weather shifting dramatically, it made us wonder — how can you prepare for Tornados and severe weather?

When the snow and frozen ground begin to melt and heavy rain occurs, snow melt runoff and mudflows can lead to flooding. Additionally, 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. Though tornadoes are most common in the Central Plains and the Southeast during the spring, they have been reported in all 50 states, averaging about 1,000 per year.  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.  

Preparation for Tornadoes and Floods:

  • Stay alert to changing weather conditions by listening to a NOAA Radio or television newscasts for the latest information.  
  • Practice how you will communicate with others.
    • Keep important numbers written down in your wallet.
    • Send texts rather than calling as it is often the faster option.
    • Consider using social media to keep others informed.
  • Avoid being trapped when floodwaters threaten your area by evacuating before flooding starts.  Seek high ground.
  • Invest in an emergency kit and make sure it’s clearly marked and everyone knows where to locate it.  
  • Teach others how to administer basic first aid, how to use a fire extinguisher, and how and when to turn off water, gas, and electricity.
  • Stock the predetermined safe zone with plenty of emergency water and food supply.
    • 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, high-calorie food bars, etc.
  • 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.
  • Include hygiene and sanitation items such as bio-hazard bags, toilet paper, and moist towelettes.
  • Make sure those who are on necessary medication have it easily accessible to them.  
  • Stay alert to changing weather conditions by listening to a NOAA Radio or television newscasts for the latest information.
  • Practice how you will communicate with others.
    • Keep important numbers written down in your wallet.
    • Send texts rather than calling as it is often the faster option.
    • Consider using social media to keep others informed.
  • Avoid being trapped when floodwaters threaten your area by evacuating before flooding starts. Seek high ground.
  • Stay away from flooded areas or moving water either on foot or in a vehicle even when water appears to be only inches deep.
  • Establish a safe location where you and others can go in the event of a tornado – at home, at work, at school, etc.
    • This should be a basement, storm cellar or an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows.
  • Make sure everyone understands how to respond when the tornado siren goes off.
  • Invest in a tornado emergency kit and make sure it’s clearly marked and everyone knows where to locate it.
  • Teach others how to administer basic first aid, how to use a fire extinguisher, and how and when to turn off water, gas, and electricity.
  • Stock the predetermined safe zone with plenty of emergency water and food supply.
    • 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, high-calorie food bars, etc.
  • 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.
  • Include hygiene and sanitation items such as bio-hazard bags, toilet paper, and moist towelettes.
  • Make sure those who are on necessary medication have it easily accessible to them.

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.  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 the days of severe weather.

biography
David Scott
David co-founded LifeSecure in 2005, just a few months before Hurricane Katrina taught everyone that one can go hungry and thirsty in America and even die before help arrives. For over a decade David has focused on developing and discovering superior emergency and disaster survival solutions - kits and supplies. He has trained community groups in emergency preparedness, helped non-profit organizations prepare emergency kits for needy individuals, conducted community emergency response exercises, and developed emergency plans for non-profit organizations. David makes an ongoing study of how best to prepare for and respond to various natural and man-made disasters, and his mission has been to help others “live Life SECURE” every day by preparing for what may come someday.

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