Do you like to be prepared for potential danger? You can’t prepare for every disaster, but that doesn’t mean you can’t exercise caution and make smart choices. This world we live in is full of potential hazards, especially from Mother Nature. Wild animals attack humans on trails. Trees fall in the path of cars, causing accidents and injuries. Tornados sweep through residential communities, destroying homes and wreaking havoc. For this reason, it is important to learn how to protect yourself, especially during hazardous weather. Here are five safety tips for hazardous weather to help keep you and your family safe from harm: 

1. Keep Extra Essentials In Storage

One thing you never want to do during a storm or any other type of hazardous weather is drive. Your tires may slip, or another vehicle may skid and slide into you when the roads are slick. Thus, you should avoid leaving your house when hazardous weather conditions begin. But what if you’re not properly prepared for a storm? You’ll need food, water, and likely, toilet paper to get through storms that may last for more than a day. That’s why you should always keep these essentials in storage for an emergency. Canned and dry goods, jugs of water, and packages of toilet paper are all things you can keep for a future disaster. 

2. Have a First Aid Kit Ready

You can never be too prepared. Even if you stay inside during hazardous weather conditions, you might still experience an injury. A tree could fall on your home and cause glass to shatter, which in turn harms you. In that case, you’ll want to have bandages and antiseptic supplies at the ready. That’s why you should keep a first aid kit with your other essentials. 

A flood that has come as a result of hazardous weather

3. Prepare an Emergency Backpack

Sometimes, hunkering down in your home and waiting for hazardous weather conditions to end might not be possible. You may need to evacuate if there is a flood or other disaster. In that case, you should have emergency backpacks loaded and ready to go ahead of time. That way, you can just grab them and go. Here are some items you may want to put into your emergency backpack: 

  • Food
  • Blankets
  • Personal care items (deodorant, wipes, hand sanitizer, etc.) 
  • Spare clothes
  • Water 
  • Food
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries 
  • Radios
  • First aid kits
  • Cash
  • Shoes
  • Copies of documents, like proof of insurance, personal identification, etc. 

You may need to personalize your emergency backpack depending on your health needs. For instance, some people may need to have an extra inhaler. Diabetics might need candy. Individuals with severe allergies could pack an extra EpiPen. If you have any special needs, take these into account when packing your emergency backpack. 

4. Gather In the Safest Parts of Your Home

Are there any tornado warnings where you are? The best thing you can do is go underground. Basements and cellars are one of the safer places you and your family can gather, though not everyone has these. In that case, go to the lowest level of your home. Choose a spot away from any windows, such as a bathroom or closet. 

5. Ensconce Yourself In Layers of Protection 

In the event a window or your roof should become damaged and let flying debris in, you won’t want want to be exposed. Flying debris can cause serious injuries, such as lacerations, broken bones, etc. To prevent yourself from getting hit by flying objects, ensconce yourself in layers of protection. Rekindle your inner childhood urges and build a fortress of pillows and blankets. Find thick clothing and put it on. Wear sports gear such as football or bike helmets if you so desire. You never know what mundane items in your house could save your life during hazardous weather. 

We Can Help With the Aftermath of Hazardous Weather! 

Imagine this: You did it! You used all of your newfound safety tips to survive hazardous weather, and you made it through the danger. But unfortunately, your home wasn’t so lucky. Lightning, falling trees, flooding, and wind took their toll, and your dwelling place has been severely damaged. What now? The safety tips were more for your own personal safety rather than that of your home. Well, thankfully, the team at ASAP Restoration is here to help. Our experts rebuild homes and clean up severe damage from disasters such as fires and storms. Contact us today to learn more about our services!