Do you find thunderstorms to be scary? Or exciting? Some people love hearing the crack of thunder, while others would rather never hear it. Whether you are a storm lover, or someone who wishes storms would never happen, it always smart to be prepared for severe weather in your home.
Thunderstorms can have serious consequences. High winds can result in downed power lines and power outages as well as other damage from fallen tree limbs. Here are a few tips to help make sure your family stays happy, healthy, and safe during Michigan’s next severe thunderstorm:
Create an Emergency Kit- Include flashlights, extra batteries, first aid kid, candles and matches, bottled water, non perishable foods, a battery powered crank radio, blankets, toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrush, diapers, etc…), books and board games, and cash (10 Must-haves in a Storm Survival Kit, How Stuff Works).
DTE suggests including your kids when assembling the kit. This can help to ease their fears, and it will also enable them to be prepared and helpful if a severe storm should strike.
Be Aware of the Danger of Downed Power Lines- Even after the storm passes, danger can still linger. Power lines that get knocked down from high winds or fallen branches can still be on the streets or in your yard. DTE recommends staying at least 20 feet away from a downed power line and any puddles or pools of water it may be near. If you have young children and pets, please be very careful that they heed this advice as well.
Invest in an Automatic Generator- One of the best ways to smoothly sail through a thunderstorm is with the help of an automatic generator. These generators automatically switch on as soon as they sense a power outage. You may not even realize that the power went out. Unlike portable generators, automatic generators are hooked to your natural gas line do not need to be constantly refilled with gas.
An automatic generator does not mean you should not take other safety precautions when preparing for severe weather. Please, still head to a safe place in your home with your family, such as the basement or a room with no windows, and it is a good idea to have an emergency kit on hand- just in case.