With monsoon upon us, it’s the perfect time to brush up on weather-related safety tips and tricks. While the long-awaited season brings fresh rain, cooler temperatures, and exciting thunderstorms, it’s important to be prepared in case of an emergency. We have created a list of helpful suggestions to help you get ready for this year’s rainy season.
Plan ahead. Frequently check the forecast before leaving a safe location, subscribe to severe weather alerts, and scan the skies while traveling. These small but effective techniques will keep you aware of your surroundings and prevent getting stuck in dangerous driving situations.
Turn around don’t drown®. Low-water crossings and flash flood areas are hard to gauge, especially while driving. Avoid driving across overflowing washes, flowing streams, and flooded roads. Don’t ignore barricades—choose a different route, or pull over and wait for the water to recede, to protect yourself and others from emergency scenarios. According to Arizona’s Stupid Motorist Law, if a driver runs over or ignores a barricade, they are financially responsible for their rescue and emergency services. Additionally, never let your children play in flood waters or washes. For more on Turn Around Don’t Drown®, visit the National Weather Service website.
Keep emergency supplies well stocked. Keep spare batteries, flashlights, matches, water, and non-perishable food items on hand in case of a power outage or flash flood. Staying prepared can alleviate the stress of a storm, and ensure you and your family are covered in case you cannot leave your residence.
Come indoors during a storm. Though many people like to watch storms take place, it is best to stay indoors, away from windows and doors, when a monsoon is in full swing. Do not go swimming if there are signs of lightning, thunder, or approaching weather. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Being vigilant, responsible, and listening to your common sense are essential during monsoon. Remember to stay up-to-date on current weather conditions in your area, and stay safe this summer.