It’s been quite the storm season in Oklahoma! See Consumer Queen’s Severe Weather Checklist to be prepared.
Consumer Queen’s Severe Weather Checklist
Oklahoma is in Tornado Alley so we are all too aware of how serious it is when disaster strikes.
And by now most of us have some kind of plan in place for when something terrible does happen. But there are still plenty of people who don’t have a plan of action.
Don’t let that be you! It’s not fun to talk about, but it is necessary.
During storm season we keep our storm shelter clean and ready to go this time of year.
We have a Severe Weather Checklist of products that we keep not only in the shelter but also in the house when the threat may not be as severe that we need to use the shelter. For example, hail, lightening and flooding.
In this post we’ve got some tips along with some great products to help you prepare for storm season. Thank you to everyone who submitted photos!
Severe Weather Checklist – CHARGE IT:
It is critical for residents to prepare now for these types of dangerous situations, especially since losing power during a strong storm is almost guaranteed and outages can last for days.
Being able to call for help during an emergency and stay up-to-date on the storm’s activity is important and without power to charge your phone or other devices you could be putting yourself in a dangerous situation.
The AdventureUltra from myCharge provides up to 8x extra battery life and features USB ports as well as a built-in AC Power Port.
The powerful charger can run a 32” TV for up to three hours and has power-stay technology that allows the battery to maintain power for up to one year.
We sadly had flooding that lasted so much longer than the typical 1-3 days. With flooding and storms comes longer power outages.
The smaller flashlights will not last through major weather disasters, so having a reliable, high quality flash light or lantern is on my list. You want something that is durable, water proof and will last you a long time.
The 9415 Flashlight from Pelican is ideal if you can invest in a high quality flashlight. I would consider this product for church groups, camping groups, and those in flood-prone or remote areas (prone to longer power outages). I love that this one is rechargeable and I don’t have to purchase batteries. It is priced at $413.95.
- Built Pelican tough
- Handy push button on/off switch
- High/Low/Flashing Modes
- Super bright LED beam
- Safety Certified – Class I, Division I
- Carrying Strap included
WHAT TO WEAR:
When storm season hits you will see flash flood warnings all over our television. We get so much rain that many people lose their homes. A great pair of rain boots is perfect to have on hand.
Not to mention extra clothing & blankets – you’ll need these in case you end up in the storm shelter or outside in nothing but your pajamas.
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The Motorola TALKABOUT T480 two-way radio helps families stay connected when the unexpected hits. It comes with a wall/desk stand accessory, so can be used as a traditional weather alert radio or as a two-way radio.
The wall, desk stand allows it to remain fully charged at all times, so users don’t have to worry about battery drain. And, still receive NOAA weather alerts automatically.
- emergency alert button
- safety whistle belt clip
- NOAA weather channels
- FM Radio and up to 35-mile range
- automatic flashlight
Families can take them on the road, to the park, camping, etc. and still stay connected to changing weather conditions. Plus in the event of a power outage when cell phones are down, two-way radios are an important and much needed communication tool.
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Other Weather Related Products We Love:
Under The Weather Pods:
We don’t have to let the weather ruin our vacation with Under the Weather Pods! The best part about these is that there are so many styles, you can choose one to fit your exact needs. They have single pods perfect for watching the kids’ ballgames during bad weather, and larger pods like this one pictured, which are perfect for the lake, beach, camping and more.
We all know how fast weather can turn ugly while you’re outdoors, and the last thing you need to worry about is all your outdoor furniture blowing away or getting soaked. Set up the Under the Weather Pod in a snap, and keep your stuff dry and safe! I love the mesh one for beach trips! Available in many assorted colors. Prices vary with styles. Find them here!
Water Absorbent Flood Barriers:
These are good to have on hand if you are in a flood prone area, which can possibly be contained with barrier devices. Some examples would be a garage that floods, a low point on the house, or certain areas water comes in.
I have considered putting these Absorbent Sock Water Barriers lining our water heater closet, since it has been known to flood and we are putting in wood flooring in a nearby room. There are quite a few options available.
For More, See My Storm Shelter Checklist Here!