Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Readers: This is Serious!

It is extremely rare the Storm Prediction Center issues a "high" risk of damaging winds due to the forecast derecho. This is a big deal and people in the outlined area need to prepare for this storm (suggestions below).

Here is a rough look at the timing:
3 to 6pm CDT

7 to 10pm CDT
Derechoes usually do not weaken at night. Please be prepared for this storm! Scroll down for the entire forecast. Suggestions for preparations are immediately below:

  • Fill your car's gas tank, then have it in the garage before the storms arrive.
  • If you have a generator, fill its tank. 
  • Bring in lawn furniture, trampolines, etc.
  • Flashlight with fresh batteries
  • Full charge for cell phones, laptops and other items
  • Get a power inverter that can be run from your car
  • If you must keep items chilled (i.e., medicines), get a portable generator you can place outdoors that you can plug in a refrigerator directly
  • Use a licensed electrician to install a generator directly wired into your home's system
  • Regardless of an inverter or portable generator, get extension cords long enough to reach from the generator or inverter to whatever you wish to hook it to
  • Any items such as milk 
  • Refill any prescriptions about the run out
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