19, June 2016
Summer is officially in full swing across the United States, and for many states the warmer temperatures also signal the start to storm season. Floods, hurricanes, tornados, drought-enhanced wildfires and extreme heat are among the most common weather phenomena that people will encounter during the summer months. It’s important that your family and home are prepared for encountering these incidents, and we have several tips to help keep you safer if such events take place.
Disaster Safety Kits
If you live in an area that’s prone to destructive weather forces like floods or tornados, then it’s important to have a prepared grab-and-go safety bag that has at least three days’ worth of essentials. Rayovac recently partnered with Geek Dad to showcase the best items for a storm safety kit, which includes: personal medications, weather-resistant clothing, flashlights batteries, a first aid kit, and a battery or solar powered radio to listen for weather updates.
Know Where to Go
Being prepared is the best way to keep everyone as safe as possible in the event of a dangerous weather situation. And one of the most important aspects of being prepared is having an actionable plan in place. When possible, practice your plans with your children to help them feel confident and calm in case of an emergency. Before the storms are estimated to arrive, sit down with your family and figure out the following:
- When extreme weather is expected, how will you each get emergency alerts and warnings?
- How will your family get to safe locations for these emergencies, and where are they located?
- How can your family get in touch if cell phones don’t work, an internet connection isn’t available, or landline phones are down?
- How will your family get to a meeting place after the emergency, and where is that area located?
Avoid Dangerous Area
Extreme weather scenarios like floods often create unseen dangers lurking beneath the water. Driving through a flooded area is among the worst safety decisions you can make. Raging water can cause irreparable harm before you even realize that you’re in trouble. The National Weather Service’s flood safety campaign offers the best advice: “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.”
This is simple, foolproof advice that can save you and your family, and it’s crucial that we all heed it because:
- Water is deeper than it looks
- A small amount of water eliminates tire traction
- Driving into a flooded passageway can stall or destroy a car engine
- Six inches of fast moving water can cause a car to float downstream