A Summer Storm With A Bang!
With summer on its way, storms are far from most of our minds. Who can blame us? The last thing we want is a storm throwing a spanner into our sunny day plans. But, as air pressure builds and hot weather ensues, we’re sure to be in for a thunderstorm or two. Opinion is divided on the subject. Some people love to marvel at this wonder of nature, while others cower behind the sofa. Whatever your standpoint, it’s important you take steps to prepare for what the storms throw at you. It’s the best way to ensure that stormy weather doesn’t cause too many problems!
First thing’s first; you’re going to need a storm kit. Setting this up will ensure you’re not rummaging for what you need when the moment comes. Chances are, you could be left without power when a massive storm hits. Make sure you’re not left in the dark by packing torches and spare batteries into an easy to reach box. The most obvious place to keep your kit would be in the basement, or somewhere out of sight. Don’t do it! There’s no chance you’ll be able to find it when you need it most. Instead, keep your kit on top of the wardrobe, or somewhere you can reach without trouble. As well as batteries, consider packing away a board game or two. A pack of cards is always a good idea because they don’t take much room! You’re going to need a way to keep yourselves amused when you’re without power. Keeping these games in your storm kit will ensure you don’t play them any other time. Keep them as a special treat, so they’re more amusing when you get a chance to play!
It’s also worth keeping a list of emergency numbers in that kit. With the power out, you won’t be able to hop online and find these numbers should you need them. And, if the storm hits in the wrong place, you can be sure you will need them. Find a number for some plumbers, emergency electricians, and anything else you think you’ll need. If you’re lucky, you’ll never need to use them. But, storms are unpredictable, and so is the damage they can cause. Don’t leave yourself in the dark for longer than you need to. Get the professionals in as soon as possible. That way, you can move on with your summer faster.
After making these preparations, the only thing you can do is sit back and wait. If your family is typically fractured, it’s worth getting everyone together during the storm. That way, you know everyone’s safe. This will also ensure that no one else is afraid! If you have pets, make sure to include them, too. Storms are scary enough for those of us who know what’s going on, but they’re even more frightening for our animals. Make sure to keep them close and reassure them after every thunder clap. It’s your best chance of keeping them calm.