My fellow mid-Atlantic peeps will remember last summer’s derecho–a very powerful wind/thunder storm–that did a lot of physical damage on the ground in our region. In my own area, for example, our neighbor’s trampoline became “unstaked” from the ground, was picked up by the wind, sent down the hill over our car, and into the yard across the street. In addition to the fact that the neighbor initially said, “Well, how do you know it is OUR trampoline?” (um, we have eyesight?), we had almost two thousand dollars worth of damage to the roof and door of our vehicle.
Sometimes, you simply cannot be prepared. The neighbors, in their defense, had the trampoline staked into the ground with these massive metal stakes that ultimately damaged the paint on our car. Normally, even a severe thunderstorm wouldn’t uproot a trampoline that size and with those precautions.
But, there are things we can do ahead of time. I consider myself a fledgling “prepper”–we’re not talking Doomsday Preppers here–but I am referring to doing what we can ahead of the storm. We had insurance that covered the damage to our car at 100% without invoking the neighbors’ policy. We can move things like grills and trash cans inside ahead of a predicted storm, when possible. We can find ways to keep heat and food in our homes during emergencies–maybe by having three days’ supply of goods, or a generator. We can buy inexpensive weather radios to be able to listen for updates from emergency management agencies. There are small, cheap things we all can do to not necessarily avoid an emergency, but to minimize its effects.
Meteorologists are calling for another potential derecho today, in fact, and I urge all of you (not just in the line of fire) to think about what you and your family can do to make things easier on yourselves in the event of a minor emergency. if you are in the region of the projected storm, do what you can NOW. The little steps can save you some big hassles in the long run.
Stay safe, today!