Monsoon Safety and Preparedness

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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
Clouds over the desert 

                                                                                                                                                                                

 Distant storms. www.istockphoto.com/portfolio/jasony00

Distant storms istockphoto.com/portfolio/jasony00


 

As the storm approaches:

  • Stay inside
  • 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
 Lightning strike. www.istockphoto.com/portfolio/Believe_In_Me
Lightning strike istockphoto.com/portfolio/Believe_In_Me

                                                                                                                                                                                

Thunderstorm wind damage. www.istockphoto.com/portfolio/MarkSkalny

 Storm damage istockphoto.com/portfolio/MarkSkalny

After the storm:

  • Check your home and property for damage
    • Take photos/videos and report damage to your insurance company
  • Stay away from flooded areas, including detention basins
    • They have many hidden dangers like
      • Debris and pollution from the road
      • Chemicals from pesticide
      • Animal waste
      • Trash

                                                                                                                                                                                

 Dust storms:   
  • Underrated monsoon killer
  • Walls of dust can be 100 miles long and hundreds of feet high
  • Blinding dust drastically reduces visibility
  • Pull vehicle safely off the road, turn off all lights, set emergency break, and wait it out
    • Other motorists may follow tail lights and strike from behind
Dust storm blows over the desert. www.istockphoto.com/portfolio/mdesigner125
Dust storm istockphoto.com/portfolio/mdesigner125

                                                                                                                                                                                

 Lightning flashes over the desert. www.istockphoto.com/portfolio/mdesigner125

 Lightning strike istockphoto.com/portfolio/mdesigner125

Lightning:

  • No place outside is safe during a thunderstorm
  • When thunder roars, go indoors
  • Lightning can strike up to 10 miles away from the parent storm
  • Stay inside until 30 minutes after the last rumble of thunder
 

 

                                                                                                                                                                               

Flash floods:

  • The number one thunderstorm related killer
  • Most flash flooding deaths happen in vehicles
  • It only takes 1 to 2 feet of water to float most vehicles
  • It is illegal to drive around barricades
  • Flash flooding can occur miles away from the storms and long after they have ended
 Truck drives through flooded roadway. www.istockphoto.com/portfolio/EuToch
Flooded roadway istockphoto.com/portfolio/EuToch

                                                                                                                                                                                

 Dog near flood waters. www.istockphoto.com/portfolio/LOUOATES
Road closure istockphoto.com/portfolio/LOUOATES

 

Pets:

  • Create a safe place for your pets in an area they know and are comfortable with
  • Have food, water, medication, leashes and carriers on hand
  • Know their favorite hiding places so they can be easily found
  • Make plans to care for your pets if you must evacuate

                                                                                                                                                                                

 

Livestock:

  • Keep feed and medicine in an area that can withstand a storm
  • Smaller animals should be brought indoors if necessary
  • Have veterinary supplies on hand
  • Get livestock identification up to date in case they become lost
  • Make sure enclosures are in good repair before storms hit
Cattle in dust storm. www.istockphoto.com/portfolio/SilvaPinto
Cattle in dust storm istockphoto.com/portfolio/SilvaPinto
 

Distant storms. www.istockphoto.com/portfolio/jasony00