In 2019, the United States had over 1,500 fatalities due to tornadoes, with 54 of those storms taking place in Minnesota. If you’re a homeowner in Minnesota, you need to know storm safety to protect your home and your family.
With these storm safety tips, you’ll know what to do before a storm, what to do during a storm, and even how to keep consistent maintenance to feel confident when a storm arrives.
Do you know the difference between a storm watch and a storm warning? How would you know important weather updates if you lost power and your electronics lose power?
As you plan for an emergency, you should know the answers to these questions. A storm watch means that you should start preparing for the likelihood of a storm, while a storm warning means that a storm is on its way, and you should stay indoors.
To stay updated in all circumstances, you should get a battery-operated radio for news and weather updates, even in blackouts.
You already know that in a storm, you shouldn’t be outside, but did you know that some areas of your home are safer than others? You should move to the middle of your home – away from windows and doors. It’s also safer in the basement (unless you’re worried about flooding) and under sturdy pieces of furniture such as stairs.
If the local government has recommended an evacuation of your area, always follow their advice.
An Emergency Kit should include items that you will need in any sort of emergency. It will be specified to your family’s specific needs, but these are some common items that you may wish to put in it:
Make a plan with your whole family about where you’ll get updates from and how you’ll get in touch with each other in case of an emergency. Agree to familiar shelter and meeting points. In case your home becomes damaged, know your evacuation routes and the location of your emergency kit.
If you’re having trouble getting started, you can find a blank emergency preparedness sheet to fill out here.
You probably remember the big snowstorm in 2010 that collapsed the Metrodome roof. The last thing you want is for that to happen while you and your family are sheltered from a storm inside your home.
With regular roof inspections, the structural integrity of your roof can be kept up to date so that when you’re stuck in your house, you can know that it’s the safest place to be.
You should now have a better idea of how to prepare for storms in a way that keeps you, your home, and your family safe. Keep your information sources, your plan, your kit, and your home up to date.