Summers can be brutal in the United States, but especially so in the southern portion of the country. In states like Florida, Texas, and Southern California, not only do residents need to deal with the extremes in heat like those found in New Mexico and Arizona, but they are prone to natural disasters as well.
Florida and Texas see more than their fair share of torrential rains from tropical storms and hurricanes while So Cal often sees out-of-control wildfires and mudslides due to barren hills caused by those fires. Once a heavy rainstorm strikes, all those homes come sliding down hillsides and hundreds, if not thousands, of people, are left homeless. Are you prepared for a long, hot summer? If not, here are some pointers to help you prepare for what may lie ahead in 2018.
Living in Extreme Heat
Most people think of their wardrobe when the hot weather strikes. They seek clothes that will not keep body heat in to add to the already extreme temperatures they are exposed to. Shorts, tank tops, and sandals are necessary items of apparel in hot summer months but there is more to surviving the heat than the clothes you wear. You will almost always need high-value sunscreen and at least one pair of sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat. UV radiation causes more damage to the skin than you’d probably care to think about but think about it you must. Not only can those UV rays promote skin cancer but overexposure to direct summer sunlight can, and often does, lead to premature aging.
Preparing for Power Outages, Floods, High Winds and Fires
If this is your first year living in an area prone to power outages, floods, high winds and/or fires, you might want to check out advice on Simplefamilypreparedness.Com. Although you might think that this is just another survivalist or prepper site, it has a wealth of information on surviving just these kinds of calamities. You should learn how to be prepared for extended power outages because, with any kind of disaster, natural or manmade, this may be one of the most difficult aspects to overcome.
Develop an Evacuation Plan
Whether you are threatened by fire, floods or tropical storms and hurricanes, there may be times you will need to evacuate on a literal moment’s notice. Always have an evacuation plan in place and keep it posted in a location where you can easily reference it. Also, have your emergency kit packed and ready to grab and go with it. Besides food and water, pack enough clothing for several days for each member of the family. Also, pack the important papers and documents you may need in the event of an emergency.
Have all your insurance cards/policies with you and don’t forget to keep all medicines together and ready to grab if needed when told to evacuate. There is often no time to waste, so have everything ready and easy to locate throughout the long, hot summer months.
While snow and ice in the winter may take down power lines, it’s another kind of preparedness so remember to switch out your winter emergency kit with that you’ll need in summer. In fact, typically, it’s impossible to evacuate in the winter due to hazardous road conditions, so the bag you pack for the summer must be easy to transport. Are you ready for a long, hot summer? If not, it’s time to get moving on that. You never know when the first calamity of the season will strike.