When weather guessers predict that “severe weather” is in the future, the responses vary from “So?” to “Big deal.” The reason is that the majority of North Texans have just had a good drenching or been frustrated preparing for a no-show disaster. On the other hand, there are those whose lives have been decimated by “severe weather” including straight-line winds, tornadoes, hail-the-size-of-baseballs and flooding.
And while there are some naysayers, who pish posh the idea of their hood being victimized by such calamity, it wasn’t long ago that the pristine grounds along Turtle Creek became a bowling alley of straight-line winds tearing older-than-the-hills trees from their roots and area playgrounds turning into water parks.
With freezing temperatures supposedly in the history books, the spring roller coaster for weather is kicking off this weekend. The good news is that the temperatures should be above the freezing line. The bad news is that it’s a topsy-turvy time of rain and thunderstorms, which can be the sources of tornadic conditions.
Take some time to prepare just in case.
- Consider where your family and pets would go. Sounds silly, but you may have only minutes to get your troops organized and in place. A dress rehearsal might show some “oops” in your POA.
- Have friends/family members outside the area on alert. If they hear that your area was hit by a mother-of-all-storms and they haven’t heard from you, they need to call you. If they don’t get an answer, they might want to notify emergency responders.
- You can never have too many batteries. If you lose power, those little guys can make a difference in lights, cellphones, radios, etc.
- Same goes for water. Beat the rush. Get enough water to take care of your household for a three-day period.
- Check with your vet about how to deal with your pets. While they may not listen to the news, their basic instincts are more sensitive to the ups and downs of barometric conditions. Veterinary experts may prescribe medication or other means to keep your critter calm during even the littlest storm.
- Flood insurance. Sure, you live way above a flood plain. Still, many of our neighbors to the south poo-pooed the idea of flood insurance and they found their houses under water as well as their financial recovery.
- If your kids’ outdoor game is cancelled due to the weather, don’t complain. Coaches are responsible for the well-being of their players and they have your youngsters’ safety as a priority.
- Secure your outdoor goodies. That backyard chiminea that provides the memories of New Mexico wouldn’t look so great in your bedroom.
- During torrential rain, remember to “Turn around, don’t drown.”