Preparing for Severe Weather

When faced with a new or threatening situation, PREPARE, PREPARE, PREPARE! Both scientific research and common sense has shown that the more you prepare for an event the less anxious you will be and the better you will perform.  So let’s look at how to prepare for severe weather and thus become more resilient.


    Have a plan:    Get the facts:
  • Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or to commercial radio or television newscasts for the latest information. In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials. 
  • Be alert to changing weather conditions.
    Reach out to your children:
  • Be calm and supportive. Find out more about how to strengthen your children’s emotional well-being both before and after a storm. Download Help Kids Cope (It’s free from Google Play and iTunes).
  • Encourage your children to learn more about weather by playing games or other activities. For example, visit:
  • Visit our Tips for Parents page for more.
    Prepare your mind and body:
  • Learn to recognize when you or someone you care about is experiencing the signs of feeling anxious or stressed, such as trouble concentrating, being easily irritated, feeling depressed, or experiencing unexplained body aches and pains. Recognizing these signs early, and doing something about them, can help you, and others, better able reduce the chances of becoming overwhelmed during bad weather. 
  • Engage in self-care. Eat healthy, exercise, take time to do activities you enjoy. Make sure you get enough sleep. 
  • Practice relaxation techniques to reduce stress and promote calm. These techniques are particularly helpful in preventing, or short-circuiting, panic attacks. 
  • Learn more here at the Mayo Clinic.

    Links to Social Supports:
  • Social support is related to emotional well-being and recovery after a disaster. People who are well connected to others are more likely to manage the stress of a crisis. 
  • Work to maintain and strengthen your social support network. This includes family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, hobby or club members, church members and clergy. 
  • The benefits of social connectedness include: 
    • Increased opportunities for knowledge essential to disaster recovery 
    • Help with practical problem-solving 
    • Emotional understanding and acceptance 
    • Sharing of experiences and concerns 
    • Mutual instruction about coping 
  • Social support: Tap this tool to beat stress
    Helping our pets:
    When it comes to disasters, if it’s not safe for you, it’s not safe for your pets.
  • Develop a Pet Disaster Preparedness Kit. Include: 
    • Food and water for at least 5 days 
    • Medication and medical records 
    • Cat litter box, litter, scoop and garbage bags 
    • Sturdy leashes, harnesses and carriers 
    • Current photo of you with your pets and description of your pets 
    • Written information about your pets feeding schedules, medical conditions and behavior issues along with the name and number of your veterinarian 
  • Learn more at the Humane Society.