The weather in Texas can be wildly unpredictable and in a single day, you can have rain, snow, and sweltering heat. As we continue to move along hurricane season, it’s important to stay alert and remember basic precautions like how to protect your home during heavy rains but also, how to protect you and your family.
We’ve put together some helpful tips to keep in mind when you find yourself in the middle of some rough weather. Some of these tips may seem obvious to some, but when you’re in a situation where stress is high, remembering a few could come in handy.
- If your local officials have called for evacuation in your area, don’t ignore those orders and follow the instructions they’ve given you. Don’t be “that person” that waits it out and potentially puts yourself and your family in danger. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
- Keep up-to-date with daily forecasts so you’re aware of any bad weather potentially headed your way and can avoid driving in the middle of a storm. If you’re stuck on the roads, drive extra slowly and turn on your hazards and headlights. The hazards will help other drivers see you.
- “Turn around, don’t drown.” If you see any high water crossings do not try to cross it. Drivers taking a chance at these crossing make up “more than half of all storm-related drownings” according to the CDC. All it takes is just two feet of water to sweep your car away.
- When driving, give yourself more room from the car ahead of you or time to stop at a light so you can start pressing your brake ahead of time to avoid hydroplaning.
- Under no circumstances should you be talking or texting while driving. It’s incredibly risky behavior that causes you to lose focus on the road. If you must take the call or reply to the text, either pull over so you can safely use your phone or have one of your passengers help.
- Don’t forget to periodically check your windshield wipers to make sure they’re working in tip-top shape. They’re your only source of visibility on the roads when it’s raining, so it’s best to make sure they’re ready to go when you need them!
- If a storm is particularly bad and hail is a possibility, keep everyone away from the windows.
- If you have to go outside then stay as far away as possible from tall trees and electric poles. If you see a power line that is down, don’t even attempt to try to save the day, call 911.
- If you’re outside at all during a storm, stay away from trees and electric poles.
- Stay away from high-risk areas and drainage pathways close to your home.
- Always have an emergency kit and first-aid kit ready to go. Your emergency kit should have things like non-perishable foods and clean water. Your first-aid kit should have medicine, ice packs, and flashlights in case there’s a power surge. Remember to include essential items for your furry friends!
- Assure that all your technology devices are fully charged like, your cell phone, laptop, and especially your tablet to keep the little ones occupied.
- Keep those tech items fully charged! When the storm starts, give all of your must-have devices a boost of power. You also may want to consider a power bank for when the power is out for long periods.
- Don’t walk in flowing or standing water. Not only is it filled with bacteria but it could also hide sharp objects that could hurt you or a family member. All it takes is six inches of water to throw your balance off, so be safe and just avoid it altogether.
- If you’re in an open area during a heavy rainstorm, refrain from using your cell phone, unless you’re calling for emergency backup.
- Pay attention to the news and social media for weather updates. Take anything you see on social media with a grain of salt, but sometimes you can get information that’s not yet reported on.
- Find something to do to keep yourself and your family busy while you wait for the storm to pass. Spend some quality time with your loved ones by breaking out a family-favorite board game or watch a movie.
Though these tips are simple, it’s best to remember the basics to keep you and your family safe during any storm! If you ever need anything or need to file a claim as a result of storm-related damage, your friendly TGS Insurance agent is here to help. Stay safe out there!
Source: Daily News