Creating a storm-readiness plan and reviewing it with your household can keep you safe in an emergency. Preparing ahead of time will help you act quickly and confidently to protect yourself and others in severe weather.
Spring weather in Chattanooga can rapidly shift from sunny to severe in a few hours. Here’s what we usually experience from March–June in the TN Valley.
If the weather forecast warns that hazardous weather is arriving soon, take the following steps to protect yourself as well as your loved ones, your home and your business.Build a Storm Kit
Pack “go bags” you can easily grab in an emergency for each household member. Don’t forget your pets! Include the following:
Charge these items and put them in a safe, easily accessible location:
Make arrangements with friends so you have somewhere to stay if needed. If you’re concerned about your food going bad, set up a cooler you can pack with ice to extend the life of your perishables if your fridge warms up.
Treating tornado warnings seriously can save your life. Small, interior, windowless rooms are the safest places to shelter from tornadoes.
These preparations can help keep you safe if you’re away from home during severe weather:
Install the MyEPB App to report, view, track and get real-time alerts for outages and restoration progress. Get notified of severe weather with apps from your favorite weather stations, weather.gov or FEMA.
Familiarize yourself with different types of weather alerts and which actions to take to protect yourself.
The conditions are right for a severe weather event.
Prepare now for possible power outages and weather hazards.
A severe weather event is occurring now.
Follow your safety plan immediately and remain sheltered until it passes.
Protect Valuable Electronics
Lightning strikes occasionally lead to power surges that can harm your devices and electronics. Avoid costly damage by plugging them into surge protectors with the following features:
A generator is a great way to meet your needs and return to normalcy during an outage. However, it’s essential to practice basic safety measures to avoid accidental harm or even death.