Dealing with severe weather can be a scary time for you and your family, but more important than surviving the weather itself is surviving the aftermath of the storm or other event. If you live in a tornado-ravaged area or an area that was hit by another form of severe weather, then there are a few things you need to prepare for.
First, if your primary method of dealing with severe weather is to evacuate, then make sure to bring a few days’ worth of supplies with you in your weather kit. If your home is located in the area where bad weather hit, even if it isn’t damaged, you might not be able to make it back for a few days. So always make sure to have a backup plan.
Whether that’s a relative you stay with or a way where you can get extra supplies or a place to live, think of a plan if you know the area will be subject to bad weather. If you plan to ride the storm out, either because your home has fortifications like tornado resistant doors, or because the severe weather has never been that bad. Then you need a new plan for the aftermath of the storm.
First, even when the storm or bad weather event is over, keep your radio on and your eyes peeled for emergency services. They might be able to help you out or give you more information about any potential downed powerlines or dangers, which you shouldn’t approach until they have been professionally cleaned.
Life probably won’t return back to normal for a while until the bad weather has passed and the damage has been cleared up. Follow instructions, help out when you can, and soon the aftermath will pass too.