Tropical Storm Cindy is heading to the coast and we may be impacted. Take time today to prepare your home and business for inclement weather because of the storm. Light rain started in Beaumont and wind gusts could be up to 60 mph, according to news reports. As in any safety situation, it is better to take an hour or two to prepare than get into the midst of an issue and not know what to do. Communicate safety plans with your coworkers and family members so all are aware of the situation.
One of the most common causes for damage is flooding during a tropical storm because of the large amount of rain an area may experience. The National Weather Service offers advice when dealing with flooding in an area. Floods can develop because of storm surge or further inland with rainfall. Flash floods can happen very quickly and it is important to be prepared.
Consider these tips from the National Weather Service:
- Create a Communications Plan – communicate with employees at work and family at your home so everyone knows what to expect. If your business remains open during a storm, consider having flexibility for those employees who may be able to work from home rather than driving in to the office.
- Assemble an Emergency Kit – be prepared for power outages and unexpected situations. Have water and nonperishable food on hand in case you have to stay home for long periods.
- Know Your Risk – are you in a food prone area? Does anyone in your family and/or business have health conditions that could be complicated with a power outage? Plan what to do in an emergency situation.
- Sign Up for Notifications – stay up to date with your local news and authorities for information and notifications about flooding and evacuations.
- Prepare Your Home - have sandbags on hand if needed and make sure outside items are secured.
- Prepare your Family/Pets – it is important to have enough water and food for your family and pets. If your pets stay outside, be sure they have a spot that is high, dry, and covered for their safety. Consider bringing them inside if conditions are expected to be extreme.
- Charge Your Essential Electronics – if you have back up battery packs for phones and computers, make sure those are charged as well.
- Practice Electrical Safety – in the event of flooding, avoid any room that water covers the electrical outlets. When in doubt, stay out! If you see or hear any signs of electricity such as snapping, crackling, and popping, get out of the area immediately. Call your utility company and/or police if you see any downed power lines in your area.
- Leave – if necessary evacuation to a safer area. Again, stay up to date with local news and authorities for information of evacuations and road closers.
Preparing for extreme weather before it happens. It is easier to communicate with employees and family before an emergency happens so everyone knows what to do. As always, be safe out there.
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