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Spring Storms: Are You Prepared?

Spring weather can be very unpredictable. Planning ahead for severe weather can help avoid damage to your home and to your health. Major storms in the Spring include: thunderstorms, floods, and tornadoes. Prepare your home and your family from severe weather.

Storms

  • Thunderstorms cause most of the severe spring weather. Thunderstorms occur when warm, moist air combines with cool, dry air.

There are about 100,000 thunderstorms each year in the U.S.

  • Severe Thunderstorm– A thunderstorm is severe when it there is hail one inch or larger, 57.5 mph winds, or a tornado.

  • Tornadoes– A tornado is a violently rotating column of air that runs from the storm down to the land.

    There are about 1,200 tornadoes that hit the U.S. each year.

Flooding

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Spring ThawWarmer temperatures along with snow can create a fast melt. This thaw can produce large amounts of water in a short period of time. A cubic foot of snow is equal to gallons of water.

Spring Rains Spring storms can bring several inches of rain within just a few hours. These rains can lead to severe flooding.

Flash FloodingA flash flood is a rapid flooding of low areas in less than six hours. These are caused by a significant amount of rainfall from a severe thunderstorm.

Levees and DamsLevees and dams are built to protect from the possibility of flooding. However, they can erode, weaken, or fail over time. Once they fail flooding can then occur.

 

Preparation

Create a Safety Plan

When a disaster hits it is extremely important to have a well thought out safety plan. A safety plan is one of the most effective ways to protect you and your family. Create a plan for all potential disasters that may affect the area in which you live:

  • Flash Flooding
  • Severe Thunderstorms
  • Tornadoes
  • Hurricanes

Go over the plans with your family and keep it somewhere that is easily accessible.

Prepare an Emergency Kit

 Keep an emergency kit in your home and car. Some items to include are:

  • A battery-operated flashlight & radio, along with extra batteries
  • Important personal information: numbers of family & friends, insurance information, etc.
  • A basic first aid kit
  • A 3–5 day supply of bottled water and nonperishable food
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Blankets and/or sleeping bags

Prepare Your Home

Check out our previous blog post , Spring Home Checklist, on areas of your home to prepare for the Spring.

Additional Information

For more information on How to prepare for a Spring Storm, check out the links below:

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Broome County, Tioga County, Tompkins County, Cortland County, Susquehanna County, Lakawanna County, Chenango County and more!

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