Ways to Keep You and Your Family Safe in Extreme Weather
In April this year, the Climate Commission stated Â that â€œclimate change has driven an increase in the occurrence and intensity of extreme weather events such as floods, bushfires, droughts, and hot days,â€.
In addition the Climate Commissionâ€™s Extreme Weather report revealed that the Southeast region of the country is â€œparticularly vulnerable.â€ This statement triggered calls from the creators of the report for emergency services, governments, businesses, and private individuals to start preparing for the impending increase in unusual weather disturbances.
Ask yourself are you ready for changes to weather conditions? Have you plans on how best to cope? If you do not currently have a plan in place, now is the best time to so implement one, especially given that we are in the midst of winter â€“ a season known for extraordinary climatic events.
Prepare a set of supplies that will come in handy when in the midst of extreme weather disturbances. This emergency kit should contain essentials such as a flashlight and batteries, water, hand-cranked or battery-powered radio, and non-perishable food such as canned milk, juice, soup, fruits, meats, vegetables, peanut butter, granola bars, crackers, trail mix, sweets, cereals, coffee, tea, sugar, pepper, and salt. Include medical supplies such as aspirin, repellent, disposable masks, antiseptic solution, and bandages.
Make sure you place this kit in a dry and secure location that you and your family are both aware of. It should not be exposed to moisture or direct heat.
Your family should know what to do when disaster strikes, even if everyone is not in the house or are in different locations throughout the event. Steps should be laid out that explain how to communicate with each other when you are not altogether.
You should have answers to crucial questions. Who will call to check on everyone? Who is the person responsible for confirmation? What should separated family members do when disaster hits? Where should they head to for you to collect them when itâ€™s safe to venture out? You should talk about these things in advance and brief everyone on this plan so you will not get caught by surprise when a sudden downpour or hailstorm occurs.
Keep tabs on the climate by constantly tuning into your local weather news or by reading updates on the weather in your local area and country. This will raise your awareness of a possible extreme climatic activity before it happens.
You should have a system or clear procedure in place for preparing your house for an approaching storm. You can make a list and post it in a common placeso it is easy to reference and find at a later date. Turning off gas, utilities, water, and power should be among the steps included.
You should also check the condition of your home regularly, especially when there have been extreme weather conditions. See to it that your windows, doors, and roofing can withstand any approaching storm or climatic event.
Preparing your family and home for extreme weather disturbances should not distract you from the importance of ensuring that your house is always safe and secure. After all, security threats are constantly present and are not seasonal! Therefore you should see to it that your residence is equipped with an effective house security and surveillance system, which includes reliable CCTV cameras. If you do not currently have a security system in place , give Eversafe Australia a call on (03) 900 10 900 to book a FREE Security Assessment and obtain a quote!