It’s the middle of summer, and prime time for vacation season. Unfortunately, it’s also peak season for some natural disasters, such as tornadoes, hurricanes and extreme heat. If you are about to hit the beach condo or make a cross-country RV trip, here are a few steps to take to stay prepared on the go:
- Stay informed: For many of us, vacation is the time when we unplug from our day-to-day routine. While this is a great way to help yourself relax, it also means you’re less likely to be aware of what’s going on. Be sure to check the local weather at your travel destinations, and keep your phone handy so you don’t miss any wireless emergency alerts and can check the Ready Georgia app. If you want nothing to do with your smartphone or the news on vacation, pack a battery-powered NOAA Weather radio, which is the best way to stay informed.
- Prepare your home: Before you leave, it’s a good idea to take some simple steps to make sure your home is in good condition when you get back. Turn off your lights and fans and unplug your appliances to prevent damage from lightning. If you like to keep a light or two on to make it seem like someone is home, consider using timers so they’re not on all day.
- Prepare your yard: If you have a yard, scan it to look for potential hazards during a storm. Put away or tie down any loose objects that could get picked up by extreme winds, and make sure your trees are healthy and well-trimmed.
- Make a plan to stay in contact: Send your itinerary to family or friends who may need to get in touch, especially if you’re heading to a remote area. Make sure they know how to reach you.
- Pack a travel Ready kit: It’s a good idea to keep a travel Ready kit handy at all times, but especially on long trips. Much like a regular Ready kit, your travel supplies should include extra food and water, a flashlight, batteries and a first aid kit. In addition, consider packing a booster cable, emergency lights or flares and extra prescription medication if needed.
- Know your surroundings: If you are traveling to one destination, it’s a good idea to get a physical map of the area in case your phone or GPS dies. It’s also important to be familiar with evacuation routes, particularly if you’re heading to the coast.
Enjoy the rest of the summer and, regardless of where you are, make sure you prepare, plan and stay informed!