Monsoon storms bring welcomed relief from the summer heat, but they can also be dangerous. Lightning, damaging winds, dust storms, heavy rain and flooding can cause major problems for you, your home, car, pets and livestock.
Before a storm:
Trim tree branches away from your home
Get sandbags prepared if you live in a flood prone area
Prepare yourself and your family by creating an Emergency Kit
Include supplies to stay in your home for up to three days without electricity
Test and refresh your battery supply for flashlights, fans, cell phone charges, etc.
First aid kit with necessary medications
Monitor the weather and be prepared for a storm
Lightning in the distance
Distant storms istockphoto.com/portfolio/jasony00
As the storm approaches:
Unplug expensive and non-essential electronics
A surge protector will not save your equipment from a lightning strike
Bring your pets indoors
During a Storm:
Stay away from windows, doors and your porch
Avoid using any plumbing because it can conduct electricity from a lightning strike
Don’t touch electronic equipment like TVs, computers, etc.
Remote controls and wireless computers are OK to use