(This was originally posted prior to National Severe Weather Preparedness Week in the Spring of 2013. Its points are still valid so I’m reposting with updates.)
As many are still enduring the blizzards and snowfalls of recent weeks, we want to help you with your preparation for a new season of weather perils and hope you are doing well with the recent ones. Again, the goal here is to get you thinking of the Spring season and how you may be affected.
So, let’s first talk about your first step:
Identify which types of hazardous weather affect you where you live, work, and play.
Spring weather brings its on list of possible weather types:
- Severe Thunderstorms
- Flash Flooding
- Fires from lightning strikes
- High winds to include rapidly advancing storms, gusty winds, and very strong straight line winds and microbursts
- Travel problems, like, hydroplaning, poor visibility, and more.
- Even freezing rain may still be a problem in early Spring
Take a moment now and consider which events typically affect your state, county, town, and neighborhood. If you’re living in an area you haven’t spent much time in yet, check with a neighbor on what you may expect. If you’ve been living in the area for a few years, this is easy to do, but it may help you to think about “where” you experience the local weather hazards.
Identify the activities that may be impacted
Again the idea is to begin to think about any preparations Spring weather may require. In other words as you think about where you spend your time, think also about the actions you may need to take should Spring weather occur. So, think about whether:
- You are on the road often
- Driving and road conditions
- Flight delays
- You spend much time outdoors
- Children sport leagues
- Go to professional sporting events/games, outdoor concerts
- Entertain in backyard or in campground or parks
- You are at home
- Outdoor furniture
- Have any dead or rotting trees
- Loose roofing or shingling, shutters
- Likeliness of rising water from prolonged rain
- Loss of power
Once you have a better idea of what you may expect and then the types of actions you’d need to take, you’ll be ready when you are warned of coming weather from weather forecasts and advisories. We will talk about those in the next post.
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