Storm Safety Tips for North Jackson Residents
News flash: “Weathering the storm” is ten times harder without preparation. Here are some tips and best practices to help you prepare you business, home and family for dangerous thunderstorms.
What Makes a Thunderstorm Dangerous?
By definition, a thunderstorm is a rainy cloud that produces lightning. A “severe thunderstorm” is a storm that contains either a tornado, hail, or wind gusts that exceed 57 miles per hour.
In any case, every thunderstorm has lightning. Therefore, it is important that you know the best way to protect your home and your family from the potential dangers of thunderstorms.
Preparing for the Storm
Beyond recognizing the threat of a storm, you can also prepare for it. A storm emergency kit can be key to keeping your family safe in the event of severe weather. Here are some items that you may way to include in your emergency kit:
- First-Aid kit
- Bottled Water
In addition to these items, your family should also create a storm safety plan to ensure that everyone, especially young children, are aware of what to do in the event of a weather emergency. Check here for tips about what to include in your safety plan.
During a Thunderstorm
Each year lightning claims 55-60 lives and injures about 300 people. It important to take the recommended safety precautions to keep yourself safe during a thunderstorm.
The first is recognizing the threat of a storm. There are three indications that lightning is about to strike:
- A buzzing sound during a storm
- A tingling sensation in your body
- Tasting something metallic
If you are outside during a storm, all of these signs may signal that lightning is about to strike. To reduce the risk of injury or harm you should crouch down to the ground, grab the balls of your feet, and cover your head and ears with your arms.
Storm damage can also be costly. However, preparation can help you avoid unnecessary stress and money. If you ever find yourself in need of assistance for storm damage repairs, SERVPRO of West Mahoning County will always be here to help!
We are known for our commitment, experience, and quickness to any size disaster. We will be there to assist you, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! If you have any questions call us today at (330) 609-8543
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