As you have all noticed, severe thunder and rain storms have begun to roar and tear through local towns and cities! In preparation for the blustery weather that is to come, here are some great tips to help ensure health and safety when the bad weather bellows into your neighborhood!

The first course of action is to check the weather report regularly and be aware of severe weather events. A great way to keep up-to-date on the local weather reports is to frequently check the online National Hurricane Center, sponsored by the National Weather Service. Once you know what is coming your way, the next step is knowing the difference between a watch and warning.

       “A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are possible in a specified area and is issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds in an area.”

       “A hurricane warning indicates that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the specified area.”

A variety of safety kits can become beneficial in a sudden spout of severe weather. Some basic recommended items for a three day emergency kit include:

  • 1 Gallon of water per person, per day
  • Non-perishable food items (and can opener)
  • Flashlight with Extra Batteries
  • Crank or Battery Powered Radio
  • First Aid Kit (fully stocked)
  • Dust Masks
  • Paper and Pencil
  • Warm blanket per person
  • Activities for children (books, games, puzzles)


As long as you keep up-to-date with the local weather conditions, prepare an emergency kit in case you must evacuate or must live a few days without water or power, and understand what to do when the circumstances get stormy, you will be better prepared for the 2015 Hurricane season!

For more helpful tips and guidelines for dealing with harsh weather, please read Before Hurricane Watch Turns to Warning by Marty Skidmore.

Special thanks to K. E. Blakeslee for the image taken on 6/8/15!