Well, it’s been an interesting last few weeks here in Connecticut. We been dealing with consecutive 90 degree days and very high humidity. Eventually all things do break, in this case the weather pattern. But with a change in the weather pattern, comes strong storms. We have had a couple days of strong storms that have come into Connecticut, but Wednesday was pretty wild, and the chance for more severe weather today (Thursday) as I write this is looming. Many areas throughout Connecticut were hit with severe weather including Tornadoes. It’s not as common for the New England states to see Tornadoes as often as we’ve seen them in the last few years. Does this mean there is a shift in our weather patterns? As we are not weather forecasters, we can’t predict the rest of what our summer season will bring, but we should be more aware of the potential for severe weather in our area.
Are you prepared in the event a Tornado hits your area?
After seeing the devastation in Brimfield, Sturbridge and Monson areas 2 years ago, it should make us stop and think, we are not immune to Tornadoes hitting New England. So here are some tips to help you be prepared for the potential of severe weather and possible Tornadoes. We can’t control the weather, but we can at least be prepared.
- Discuss a plan and practice it. Create a list with contact information, insurance information, and in case of emergency out of town contacts. Make sure everyone in the family knows where to go, what to take, and how to be safe if a tornado hits.
- Store important documents, just in case. Make copies of birth certificates, insurance information, and social security cards to bring with you if you need to evacuate. This will be valuable if you aren’t able to return home immediately after the tornado.
- Set up means of communication. Make sure everyone in the family knows how to get in contact with everyone else. School number, work number, and cell phone numbers should be compiled on a list. Anyone, such as a babysitter, that your children might be with during the emergency should be included on this list. Keep it with the copies of your important documents. Know who will be in charge of having these forms, if evacuation is necessary.
- Know the closest evacuation center. If you may be in the danger zone, it’s important to know where the safest place to be is. In most cases, schools, the community center, and city building are used. These places will have medical attention and supplies. This can also be used as a meet up place for your family after the storm.
- Always be alert in severe weather situations and heed the warnings the weather service issues. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
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