Spring Weather Preparations
“Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.” Bobby Unser - Famed Auto Racer
Preparation is the key to successfully weathering the extreme spring storms of that fall upon the Great Plains each year. While we still don’t have a crystal ball to foretell the severity and impact of every storm, fear of the inevitable shouldn’t be the only motivator for preparation.
Have a Plan
Minimize the panic coordinating a disaster preparedness plan with your family, friends and neighbors. Ensure that you have designated a meeting point for everyone. Pick a safe room in your home. This room should be in the center of the house, without windows or exterior doors and large enough for you, your children and pets.
Teach your family how to administer basic first aid. You can event enroll in a first aid and CPR training through local first responder groups, high schools and technical schools.
Make sure to clearly communicate where fire extinguishers, first aid kits and fresh water are located. Ensure that these emergency supplies are stocked and accessible during the storm season.
Ensure that everyone in your home understands how tornado sirens work, what to listen for, and how long they are active during a storm.
When a disaster occurs, the biggest stressor on people is the feeling of disconnect. Phones aren’t working, no power, no internet… How will you feel assured that your loved ones are okay?
Officials recommend having access to information with three different modes of communication. Most local news channels provide smart phone apps, connecting meteorologists directly with the public. But, don’t rely solely on an app for important information.
During an emergency, officials work to provide the public with life-saving information quickly via Wireless Emergency Alerts through wireless carriers. Additionally, the Emergency Alert System requires broadcasters, satellite television, digital audio and cable providers to provide information within 10 minutes during a national emergency.
Consider an old fashioned battery radio, or a crank-powered weather radio for instance. If power is out to your area, if your phone battery is down, it is best to be prepared with another communication option.
Store Important Documents
Secure your important documentation in a fire & waterproof safe. Documents that should be stored include:
Ownership Certificates (autos, boat, home, etc)
Social Security Cards
List of Household Inventory
Photographs of big-ticket items
Secure Your Home & Utilities
Assess your home’s exterior. Look for loose or damaged items on the exterior of your house that could blow off and cause further damage during high winds. This includes:
Downed tree limbs
When you are sheltering indoor during a tornado, there’s a risk of injury from heavy furniture and large items toppling over during high wind or other outside forces. Secure appliances and large furniture using furniture anchors and childproof latches.
Door and windows keep the high winds and rain out, but they can blow off if they’re not secured, or shatter when hit with flying debris. The simplest protection is to install permanent storm shutters or make your own out of plywood that you can quickly put in place when a storm is approaching.
Being prepared at home includes the installation of a storage shelter. Our slope front shelters are designed and constructed with your protection in mind. They are reinforced with fiber as well as steel rebar, and they are poured with a minimum of 6,000 psi concrete. At no extra charge, every storm shelter comes equipped with a double handrail on the ladder-like steps, a gas operated door closer, 8″ wind turbine for ventilation and a 6″ vent.