Reassessing Severe Storm Preparedness
Severe weather can strike anywhere and leave enormous amounts of damage in its place. With the recent scourge of tropical storms and tornadoes the past couple months, the realization that disasters can strike anywhere, anytime becomes all the more real. The risks of natural disasters is made all the more compelling when one assesses inadequacies in civil infrastructure and overall individual preparedness. Severe storms tend to point out the weaknesses in preparation very well and no one is ever as prepared as they think.
From tornadoes to hurricanes and flash flooding, disaster preparedness of any degree essentially entails the same things. Having an emergency supply of food and water is the most important. Beyond this, first aid kits, flashlights, batteries, blankets, sleeping bags, radios, maps, cash, and a tent are all good items to have on hand to use in the event of a disaster. While not all disasters present the same threat all of the time, preparing for the worst case scenario will always benefit you in the long term. The hope is always that you will not be displaced from your home by any weather event, but if this does happen, you want to be as self sufficient as possible for at least 5-7 days.
Severe storms can produce high winds, torrential rains that lead to flooding, hail, and snow. Essentially, one storm can perpetuate several different disasters at once. This is why preparing for one type of disaster is preparing for them all. While the immediate response to the event may differ, coping with the aftermath is largely the same. Staying safe and being equipped to survive on limited resources are the most important elements of severe storm preparation. Taking steps to prepare your home or business for severe weather is important as well, but ultimately the only things that really matter are the safety of yourself and others.