Weather in the heartland is more than unpredictable in the late spring months, as further underscored by what Oklahomans are fondly calling the Tigernado Floodquake of May 6th, 2015. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, Google the hashtags #Tigernado and #OKWX, or take a look at this.)
In all seriousness, when the weather gets wild, you need to be prepared. Here are some tips and tricks to keep you safe during the height of severe weather in the heartland.
Make a Weather Emergency Kit
This may seem silly, but it can be truly helpful in a severe weather outbreak. Put together your vital medicines, bottled water, snacks, valuables, a flashlight with extra batteries, candles and matches, and other necessities in a zippered bag so you can grab it and head to your storm shelter as needed.
Keep Everything Charged
In the event of a severe weather emergency, the first thing you’re going to want to do is contact those you love to make sure they’re safe and sheltered from the storms, which you can’t do if your phone is dead. Pack a spare charger in your weather emergency kit and try to keep your phone charged at all times so you’re prepared to keep in contact with friends and family no matter what.
Have a Plan
It’s always a great idea to have a weather emergency plan, especially if you have kids, pets, and elderly folks to care for. Before the weather gets crazy and tigers are roaming the flooded streets, make sure you’ve had a talk with those you care about about how to best stay safe no matter the weather circumstances. Having this discussion when things are calm will help everyone remember the plan when things get crazy.
Download a Weather App
Sure, you have the compulsory weather app that comes with your phone, and most of the time that will do the trick. But if you want another opinion, custom alerts for multiple areas, and up-to-the-second updates, you’ll want to download another weather app from a reputable source (i.e., The Weather Channel, a local news station, etc.). My hubby and I love the ATsWeather app (available here) for its detail, reliability, and consistent updates.
Wear the Right Clothes
This is one tip that could really help you should you encounter severe weather that may lead to dangerous debris. On days when severe weather is possible, make sure you wear / keep handy a pair of sturdy shoes, such as work boots or rain boots, jeans or pants made of a thicker material, a comfortable shirt, and a heavy-duty jacket (may I draw your attention to this one?). If you do find yourself facing damage and debris, wearing the right clothing can help you safely get out of the dangerous area and better protect you from lacerations and bruises.
Just because we had a few intense storms yesterday doesn’t mean we’re immune from additional storms today. Stay in-tune with the latest weather updates, stay in contact with your loved ones, and stay prepared if the weather has the potential to be severe.
How do you stay safe during wild weather?