When the North American ice storm occurred in 1998, it caused massive damages to life and property. An ice storm is a type of winter storm characterized by freezing rain and an accumulation of about 0.25 inches of ice on the ground. There may not be much that we can do to prevent them, but we can definitely do our best to prepare for an ice storm. Here are a few tips which can help us prepare for an ice storm:
* Prepare for an ice storm before the winter begins
Prepare for an ice storm before the winter sets in. In most part of the United States, ice storms usually occur in the months of December and January. And it is a well-known fact that ice storms can occur without any warning. So it’s often difficult for the metrological department to accurately predict them. So prepare for an ice storm before the month of December.
* Prepare for an ice storm by having an emergency plan ready for loss of utility services
Ice storms will affect utility services. Once they are down, it may take days to get them restored. Prepare for an ice storm by having an emergency plan ready for the loss of the major utility services. Ask yourself what are the things you will need when the power goes out. What will you do if you don’t have any water supply? What emergency plan do you have if there is no gas supply?
* Prepare for an ice storm by getting an emergency kit ready
Prepare for an ice storm by making a checklist of items you might need if you are stuck inside your house or on the road. Your emergency kit should include items such as flashlights, battery-powered radio, enough drinking water, enough supply of food, a first-aid kit, a back-up heating source, blankets and warm clothes, and any special items for infants and the elderly. This emergency kit should be stored in a safe place, where it can be easily accessed during an ice storm. When you prepare for an ice storm, make sure that you have a separate emergency kit for your vehicle as well.
* Prepare for an ice storm by discussing possible situations with your family members
Make sure to prepare for an ice storm by discussing all possible situations with each member of your family. Ice storms can occur with very little or absolutely no warning. So prepare for an ice storm by asking yourself what will you do if you are on the road? What should your children do if they are stuck outside the house? What is the safest route to take if you are on your way back home when an ice storm hits? Does everyone in the family know about the emergency kit and the safety precautions they should take if they are stuck at home during an ice storm?
There is no doubt that ice storms can cause a lot of destruction to life and property. However, now that we have witnessed the actual damage they can cause, our best bet is to adequately prepare for an ice storm. If we prepare for an ice storm, we can minimize the damages that an ice storm can cause to our life and property. So don’t wait for it to hit your area, take steps and prepare for an ice storm, before the winter begins.