Monthly Archives: January 2014

How to communicate with loved ones during a disaster

communicate-with-loved-onesHave you ever watched TV helplessly while a disaster strikes the community where your loved ones and friends live? You hope they’re okay but when you try to phone them, the lines are tied up. What if you are in the disaster zone? How do you stay connected in a disaster? After a major disaster, it can often be difficult to communicate with loved ones. Hurricanes, tornadoes and other emergencies can cause power outages and result in overwhelmed cellular services, sometimes making normal lines of communication nearly impossible. You also can’t rely on fast access to telephones since emergency workers are using the phone lines, and so many other people are trying to connect with loved ones just like you.

Unfortunately, natural disasters often strike without warning, so it’s important to be prepared in advance to keep yourself and your family connected. We all rely on our smartphones for Internet … Read the rest

Hailstorms in the Summer

hailstorms in summerThere are far more hailstorms in summer than at other times of the year. In the summer months, hailstorms tend to be more common because of the warm weather and the ground’s hotter temperatures. Both of these conditions become perfect for creating the thunderstorms that usually bring in hail. Hail is one of the most destructive forms of precipitation. Unlike rain, which nourishes crops, hail destroys crops, pummels roofs and vehicles and can seriously injure people. It consists of balls or irregular lumps of ice that are individually called hailstones, which are made up of mostly frozen water and vary in size.

In an average year, roughly 10,000 to 12,000 hail reports are received by the NOAA’s National Weather Service, and the amount of damage that can be caused will largely depend on the size of the hailstones that fall. People can take steps if they live in an area … Read the rest

How to properly shut off utilities in your home

shut off utilitiesNatural disasters such as tornados, earthquakes and floods can strike without warning. But knowing how to locate and turn off the utilities in your home before a disaster strikes is an important step toward disaster preparedness. Below is some general guidance for shutting off utility service in the event that you need to power down utilities after a natural disaster strikes. These tips will not only help you get prepared, but they can help you prevent a disaster from getting worse.

Electrical Shut Off
Many things in the household get damaged after a natural disaster. For example, if your natural gas is leaking because it was damaged, this combined with an electrical spark can start a fire. Which is why, following a natural disaster, the electricity may need to be shut off immediately. If your home has a basement, the electrical circuit box is likely located there, but that’s not … Read the rest