Severe weather is almost impossible to avoid and cannot be controlled. While severe weather can be scary and harmful, you can take control before, during and after to minimize harm and stay safe.
Missouri Storm Aware recommends that your emergency kit include: water, canned or dried food, battery-powered radio, flashlight, extra batteries, first-aid kit, and any prescription medication. They also suggest placing important documents like birth certificates, wills and social security cards inside a fire and waterproof safe.
Flooding is the deadliest severe weather in Missouri with most of those deaths occurring in vehicles. The Missouri Department of Public Safety says it’s important to get to higher ground immediately and to listen to newscasts with updated information. Avoid floodwaters and disinfect anything affected by the flood. Most importantly, do not drive if you don’t have to, especially if there’s flash flooding.
It’s important to take cover indoors as far away from outside as soon as possible. Head to the basement or the center of an inside room away from windows and stay underneath a sturdy table with your hands around your head and neck, according to Missouri Storm Aware.
After the funnel has passed, avoid any fallen wires, as they still could be live, stay away from debris to prevent injury and check radio and television for emergency information.
“If thunder roars, go indoors.” This catchy phrase from the Missouri Department of Public Safety is just one tip of many when it comes to severe thunderstorms. It’s best to stay inside until 30 minutes after the last instance of thunder. Stay inside and unplug air conditioners and large appliances. Because concrete is a conductor, stay away from concrete walls or floors if possible.
Ice and Snow Storms
Avoid driving, and be sure to wear multiple layers of clothing, not just one thick layer. If you anticipate severe winter weather, sprinkle salt on walkways, find a generator or firewood and learn how to turn off water valves in the case of a burst pipe. Read more of SEMA’s tips to prepare for severe cold weather.
Weather can go wrong very quickly, but having a plan will help you be prepared, take action and minimize harm. ServiceMaster can help you get back on your feet after most natural disasters with services catered to everything ranging from flood to carpet damage.