While natural disasters don’t often cause severe damage in Alabama, severe weather is always a looming threat on the horizon. Because of this, you should always be prepared. Severe weather alone can cause catastrophic amounts of damage, and natural disasters only add to the chaos. So, here are 5 weather safety tips from Pitman & Petro Attorneys at Law!
Have a Plan
The first thing you should consider is your plan of action. What will you do if severe weather strikes? Well, you should always move away from the hazardous conditions, to start. Once you’ve done that, check on your family and friends and ask if they’re OK. Deliberate among yourselves what your best course of action should be. Where will you all meet? What will you do after? You should always have a plan, and you should always practice that plan at least twice a year.
Know Your Location
Alabama in particular is vulnerable to a few types of severe weather. Tornadoes, for instance, don’t often occur but are still possible in Alabama. Flash floods are oftentimes more worrisome than tornadoes. So, ask yourself which types of severe weather you need to look out for the most. Are flash floods common in your area, or perhaps you should look out for dust storms? It all depends on your location.
Listen for Warnings
If there is severe weather, chances are that a warning will be broadcast on television and radio. Even mobile devices are capable of sending warnings to you. So, check multiple methods of communication for updates on severe weather.
You should know the difference between a watch and a warning, however. A watch means that the conditions are optimal for a storm or other severe weather to occur. A warning means that such weather is occurring or is imminent. If you receive a warning, you should immediately take action. If you receive a watch, you have some leeway. However, you should still prepare for the worst.
Keep Emergency Kits
You should always be prepared with emergency kits. Keep a first aid kit handy in case you or others suffer from an injury. Also, keep emergency food and drink kits. If the weather is severe enough, you may be stuck in your home. You do not want to be stranded without food or water, so keep some stored for these types of emergencies.
Get Off the Roads
This should go without saying, but you should stay off the roads during severe weather. Driving in such hazardous conditions is begging for an injury, not just to yourself but also to others. It doesn’t matter if it’s flooding or extremely windy. No matter the case, severe weather means this: stay indoors! You should get as far underground as possible. If you cannot get underground, stay on the lowest floor possible. Cover yourself with protective clothing, and stay away from objects that could fall off shelves.
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