Floridians soon become accustomed to almost daily afternoon thunderstorms with severe lightning, as well as tropical storms, with the added possibility of hurricanes and tornadoes. While it’s easy to get used to Florida’s unpredictable summer weather and adjust schedules around the afternoon thundershowers, it’s also easy to become complacent about their dangers. Lightning and the potential damage, or harm, that can come from these storms is very unpredictable. As many have witnessed, these storms can leave disastrous results packing a wallop from flash floods and accompanying tornadoes.
SECO wants to help your family plan for the worst, which we hope never comes. However, it is important to prepare for that possibility. Please use the following information as a guide to make a disaster preparedness plan for your family. Other resources for information on emergency planning are the National Weather Service, your local emergency management office or the American Red Cross.
Emergency Preparation Checklist
Stay informed. Keep apprised of a developing storm’s progress.
Check your emergency kit.
Review your emergency plan.
Locate a secure place in your home where you can go immediately if a tornado approaches and keep your supplies there.
Be prepared to evacuate.
Stock up on non-perishables.
Fill your vehicle with gas.
Fill your bathtub with water.
Arrange for the safekeeping of pets and animals.
Protect your property against wind.
Refill prescription medicines. Make copies of identification, insurance, and medical information you may need.
If someone in your home depends on life sustaining medical equipment that operates on electricity, make arrangements in advance for an emergency alternative power source.