With all of the severe weather over the last week, I felt it pertinent to share some ways to ease your stress and prepare for such things.
We use a storm radio to alert us to watches and warnings for our area. Midland makes a great one that can be bought on Amazon for around $35.00.
Midland WR-120B NOAA Weather Alert All Hazard Public Alert Certified Radio with SAME, Trilingual Display and Alarm Clock – Box Packaging
These can be set to go off for all watches and warnings of your county, along with those that surround you or a 50 mile radius. We personally use it just for our county because I got sick of being woken up for watches for the little towns that I had never heard of and didn’t even know where they were! If you have a storm radio, be sure to check it and change the batteries regularly, so it has back up for power outages!
On my phone I have an app called Simple Weather Alert so I can be warned if I am not home!
Next, be sure you know the safest place to seek refuge if a warning goes into effect for your area. For us this, is the master bathroom and to be more specific– the bathtub. This is the most inner room of our home, and it has no windows.
We keep the cat carriers in there so as to get Nana and Haha to a safe place as well. We store extra blankets under our bed and can grab them in a hurry so we can be protected from flying debris. Along with us in the bathroom, I am sure to take my purse and David’s diaper bag so that we have any items that may be needed immediately. Also think about keeping a supply of necessary medications in that safe place and any other items you may need if you are forced to seek refuge! Make sure to have your shoes on!
Make sure you have renters or home owners insurance so that you have support if you lose everything!
When we buy a house we plan on having a storm shelter put in so that we have an even safer place for our family in an emergency! A storm shelter can be installed below your house, in the garage, or out in the yard! For more information on Storm Shelters in the DFW area, check out Tornado Masters!
If you have a storm shelter it is wise to also store 72 hr kits for each family member down in there!
Also there are local emergency agencies, storm chasers and news stations that you can follow on Facebook and Twitter!
All in all, plan ahead to be sure that you and your family are prepared for emergency situations!