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How to prepare for spring weather

With total snowfall this winter approaching 50 inches, it’s hard to imagine that flip flop season is right around the corner.  While seasonal showers may not seem like anything to fret over, the truth is spring weather can be a lot more erratic than we would like to think. Preparing for spring weather the right way will make the next few months both safe and enjoyable.

Ashley Koenig/Photographer Unplugging electronics before a storm or heavy rain prevents the possibility of electrocution or blown fuses.

Ashley Koenig/Photographer
Unplugging electronics before a storm or heavy rain prevents the possibility of electrocution or blown fuses.

Thunderstorms

Thunderstorms featuring lightning shows are most common in the springtime. While lightning safety may not seem like something we need to prepare for, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
When a severe thunderstorm warning is issued, stay inside your home, building or vehicle and move away from all doors and windows.
Unplug any electronic equipment well before the storm arrives to lessen your chances of getting electrocuted.
While your chances of being struck by lightning are estimated to be about 1 in 600,000, those chances are reduced when you take the necessary precautions.
Stay inside until the storm has passed and check for any unattached branches or trees that may be a danger to you.

Flooding

As temperatures start to warm up and the oversized mounds of snow begin to melt, the possibility of flooding is at a seasonal high. Always be alert for a flash flood warning issued in your surrounding area.
In the event of a flood, make sure all of your valuable items are elevated off the floor so that they cannot get wet. Unplug any electronics or appliances.
Continue listening to news updates and don’t go outside until the coast is clear.
It is not a good idea to drive in floodwater, as six inches of water can cause you to lose control of your vehicle.

Tornadoes

According to The Weather Channel, tornadoes are one of nature’s most violent and dangerous weather phenomenon.
Luckily, knowing how to prepare for these dark, strong winds will allow you to successfully survive a spotted storm.
Again, keep an eye open for alerts. Tornado warnings are issued when a tornado has actually been sighted in the area.
If you are at home, find the most interior room, preferably in the basement.
Stay away from windows and anything that can fall on top of you during the storm.
If you are in a car, try and drive to the nearest shelter. But if you cannot drive any further, stay in your car, duck under a surface and cover yourself with a blanket or a piece of clothing.
No matter where you are during the storm, stay connected. Do not go outside until you are authorized to do so.

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