During the summer months, weather conditions are often favorable for thunderstorms. Thunderstorms frequently consist of lightning, strong winds, and heavy rain with the potential for flooding. In some cases, storms may even bring tornadoes and hail! By preparing both yourself and your home in case of the event of a severe thunderstorm, you can better protect your safety and prevent damage to your property.

Here are some tips on severe thunderstorm preparation to keep in mind in the summer months:

  • Sign up for or enable local weather alerts.
    These are usually available through weather apps or provided by local governments. Many areas post weather alerts and warnings on official social media pages as well. It is important to be aware of any potential future storms so that if they do occur, you can be prepared.
  • Bring inside or secure any items outside that may fly away during intense winds or a tornado.
    Outdoor furniture, décor, and anything else outside may fly about during a storm and can pose a threat to your safety as well as structural damage to your home and properties around you. Try to bring these items into a shed or indoors prior to the storm if time allows.
  • Keep trees hanging over or close to your home trimmed.
    Tree branches and limbs may break off due to intense winds or a lightning strike. By keeping trees that pose a threat to your home trimmed, you may be able to prevent or reduce structural damage caused.
  • Find a safe room in your home with no windows in the event of a tornado warning or watch.
    It is recommended to stay in a storm cellar or basement if you have one. If you do not, try to find an interior room on the lowest floor within your house or building that does not have windows.
  • Have a backup portable battery charged.
    In the event of a power outage, you may not be able to charge your phone and use it in the case of an emergency. A portable battery would allow you to make calls and contact others if needed.
  • If you live in a mobile home, have a plan on where to go for shelter in the event of a severe thunderstorm or tornado watch.
    Mobile homes are particularly prone to damage and even rolling over in intense winds. They are not safe to stay in during extreme weather events. It is important to have a plan on where the nearest shelter is located and allow yourself enough time to get there prior to the storm.

To find out more about severe thunderstorm safety for your area, get into contact with your local government to find more information and resources pertaining to your local region. Your safety is important, so it is imperative for you to be prepared and have a plan in the event of a severe summer thunderstorm.