Low Cost Ways to Prepare for Severe Summer Weather

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Posted on 06/09/2010

Tornadoes, hurricanes and heat waves can all strike during summer. That’s why it’s important to be prepared for severe weather. Here are some low cost ways to keep you and your family safe from severe weather this summer.


Make an Emergency Plan - Get free help creating a customized emergency plan for your family. If a disaster strikes you’ll know exactly what to do, who to call and where to go. Use the guide at read.adcouncil.org to help you develop a personalized emergency plan. Print out a few copies and make sure everyone is on the same page.


Create a Free Home Inventory - In case disaster does strike and your home is damaged, a home inventory can make insurance claims much easier. Prepare for severe weather by making sure you have a room-by-room list of your belongings. KnowYourStuff.org will walk you through the process of making a home inventory and store it free for you online so you know it’s always safe.


Stay Informed - The more time you have to prepare before severe weather strikes, the better off you’ll be. One way to stay informed is with a weather radio. You can pick them up at lots of stores including at Home Depot for $29.99. Telepixie receives information from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and then calls the people who are impacted by the threat of severe weather. The service is free if you don’t mind hearing a short advertisement; otherwise you can pay a subscription.


Know the Definitions - Make sure you know what your local weatherman is saying. For instance, if The National Weather Service issues a tornado watch, that means that tornadoes are possible. If a tornado warning is issued in your area, a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar and you should seek shelter. Review these terms from the National Weather Service.


Buy Shelf-Stable Food - Severe summer weather can cause power outages. If your electricity goes out, food stored in your fridge could go bad. Be prepared by having canned food, bottled water and even powdered milk on hand in case of an emergency. The US Department of Agriculture says it’s important to consider how you’ll store your food in the event of a power outage. Coolers will help if you lose electricity for more than four hours.


By Alison Storm


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