It’s That Time of Year: Be Prepared for Spring and Summer Weather Risks!

It’s that time of year again when all of us need to be alert to our spring and summer weather conditions, as they can be unpredictable with the risks of thunderstorms, some severe that bring with it lighting, tornadoes and flooding. Temperatures may fluctuate during the course of a day, which reminds us to be prepared for possible dangerous weather threats that can pose the risk of injury and possible deaths, pending the severity of conditions.

Please take a few minutes to peruse the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s article titled “Prepare for Spring Weather”, to reacquaint yourself with specific safety precautions. As stated in their article:

“Advance planning for thunderstorms, lightning, tornadoes, and floods requires specific safety precautions. You can follow many of the same steps that you would for all extreme weather events. Keep an emergency kit on hand. Some items to include are:

  • A battery-operated flashlight, a battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio, and extra batteries for both
  • A list of important personal information, including
        –  telephone numbers of neighbors, family, and friends
        –  insurance and property information
        –  telephone numbers of utility companies
        –  medical information
  • According to the American Red Cross, a first aid kit may include:
        –  non-latex gloves
        –  assortment of adhesive bandages
        –  antibiotic ointment
        –  sterile gauze pads in assorted sizes
        –  absorbent compress dressings
        –  tweezers
        –  scissors
        –  adhesive cloth tape
        –  aspirin packets (81 mg each)
        –  first aid instruction booklet
        –  (NOTE: Customize your first aid kit to meet your individual and family needs.)
  • A 3–5 day supply of bottled water and nonperishable food
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Blankets or sleeping bags

Prepare your family members for the possibility of severe weather. Tell them where to seek appropriate shelter as soon as they are aware of an approaching storm. Practice your emergency plan for every type of severe weather. Show family members where the emergency supplies are stored, and make sure they know how to turn off the water, gas, and electricity in your home.

I wish all of you a happy, healthy and safe Spring and Summer season!