Ahhhhhhhh… smell that? Spring is in the air – finally! With the season of spring comes gardening, barbeques and beautiful but often tumultuous weather. That’s right, we are entering the rainy, windy, tornado-producing time of the year.
Tornado season typically lasts from March through early June, and if scientists are correct, El Niño could wreak havoc with thunderstorms this spring and summer.
We recommend taking the following precautions to ensure spring weather preparedness for you and your family. Follow our tips below to keep you and your family safe this spring!
Prepare Before the Storm – The best way to protect your family against potential weather disasters and emergency situations is to be prepared. Here’s what you can do now!
Compile a disaster supply kit – This should include flashlights, batteries, a battery-operated radio, water, food, pet food if you have pets, medications, first aid kit, and important documents.
Make a game plan with your family – Figure out where your “safe room” is – typically, it would be your basement or most interior room. Also, determine where you will meet if anyone is separated, know who your out-of-town contact will be, and where you will keep your disaster supply kit.
Document Your Contents – Take pictures or videos of your home contents for insurance purposes and store at a friend’s or relative’s house.
Know Your Home – Be sure to locate your gas and water shut-off valves in your home!
Plan for Your Pets – Make sure your pet’s vaccinations are up-to-date and contact emergency shelters to find out if they accept pets, just in case an emergency occurs at your home. Always make sure to bring your pets inside during inclement weather!
Make Final Preparations – Before a storm enters your area, be sure to fill your vehicle’s gas tank, listen to emergency announcements, and follow any directions they give you. Also, get a bit of cash – without power, credit cards are unusable!
Be Smart After the Storm
Listen to Emergency Announcements – After the storm hits, wait for the “all clear” signal to know that it is safe to return home. Once home, be sure to check for damage in and around the house.
Call the Proper Contacts – Your loved ones are bound to be worried about you. Be sure to contact your out-of-town family members or point of contact to let them know that you’re okay. Also, contact your insurance provider to report any damages and check on your neighbors, especially the elderly or disabled persons, to make sure they are also doing well.
Keep Your Pets Safe – If you’re a pet owner, confine your pets during the clean-up period and walk them on a leash until they become reoriented to the home. If you cannot find your pet, contact your local animal control office immediately.
Clean Up and Stay Safe – If you happen to have a mess on your hands after a spring storm, clean up spilled medicines, bleaches, gasoline, and other flammable liquids immediately. Repair or block access to anything in your home that is damaged and could cause injuries, and be sure to stay far away from downed power lines.
Enjoy the warmer weather that spring will bring, but remember how quickly it can change! If you receive any damage to your property, be sure to contact your Madison Mutual agent. Call us at 1-800-766-MMIC or visit us online at www.madisonmutual.com!