As we approach late winter, the potential for severe weather threats like strong thunderstorms, tornadoes, and flooding increases in our mild, wet climate. The following tips can help Wiregrass Electric Cooperative members weather the stormy season:
Before the Storm
- Charge all phones and other communications devices before inclement weather occurs.
- Purchase and program a weather radio, which will keep you warned of emergencies.
- Create an emergency kit with nonperishable food items, water, and other important items. A full list of kit recommendations can be found at ready.gov.
- When warned of an approaching storm, execute evacuation plans or go to the safest part of your house. Basements, storm shelters or windowless interior rooms on the lowest floor serve as the best protection during a tornado.
- Use your arms to shield your head and neck and use furniture or blankets to provide additional cover.
- Stay indoors if thunder roars, and stay away from windows and doors!
- Unplug appliances and electronics.
- Store important documents in waterproof containers and create password-protected digital copies.
- Always follow official directives to shut off utilities. Switch off all breakers before flipping off the main breaker in a residence.
- Evacuate the area if authorities advise to do so, but do not drive around barricades or on flooded roadways.