The majority of the U.S. is at risk for severe weather, which can cause dangerous and sometimes life-threatening conditions. Snowstorms, extreme cold, hurricane force winds, torrential rains and flooding, and lightning can all wreak havoc on our daily schedules. Preparing before a disaster strikes and knowing what to do during and after a storm will help ensure you and your family greatly reduce your risk for injury and damage to your home.
Develop and practice an evacuation plan ahead of a severe weather event. Include a plan for pets and add any transportation routes and destinations in the plan. Prepare an emergency supplies kit for both family members and pets ahead of time to take with you. Be prepared to evacuate when authorities tell you to do so.
Stay out of flood waters, if possible, and do not drive into flooded areas. Even water only several inches deep can be dangerous.
Always assume fallen power lines are energized. Stay away from the area and report any downed lines to authorities immediately.
Unplug appliances and other electrical items, such as computers and televisions, to prevent damage from surges caused by lightning strikes.
If you evacuated, do not return to your home until local authorities say it is safe.
Plan two ways out of the home in case of an emergency. Clear driveway and front walk of ice and snow. This will provide easy access to your home.
Make sure your house number can be seen from the street. If you need help, firefighters will be able to find you.