6 Ways to Prepare for a Storm
Outreach efforts are a natural extension of the NOAA National Weather Service (NWS) mission to safeguard the public, protect the nation’s resources and strengthen the economy via numerous publically available databases. But ultimately, it is up to individual citizens, families and organizations to maximize the usefulness of the data generated by NOAA/NWS by developing their own severe weather preparedness plans. To these ends, Bill Sammler, NOAA’s NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist, shares some valuable storm prep tips:
1. The time to prepare for severe weather is when the weather is calm. Pre-event preparation will allow you to think clearly in an emergency situation, and it greatly reduces stress.
2. Take advantage of seasonal sales to replenish batteries, water and non-perishable food.
3. Test your generator.
4. Try to stay current with weather updates several days in advance of the predicted impact. Severe weather knows no season—events can come in the form of winter storms, icing events, as well as tropical hurricanes. These events can produce multi-day electrical outages.
5. Ask yourself how will I/my family adapt to a weather emergency? How will we prepare for extended electrical outages or water treatment plant outages as occurred with Hurricane Floyd? Know where you will store supplies, and have a checklist already prepared.
6. Review your vulnerability to potential flooding by looking at surge zones. Flood maps typically show worst case scenarios, but they will show you the surge potential in your neighborhood. The National Hurricane Center has storm surge resources available online.