Yes, you may be able to put away the ice melt and snow shovel, but it’s time to prepare for the type of severe weather common to central Indiana in the spring. This includes:

  • severe thunderstorms
  • flash flooding (caused by snow melt and/or heavy rains)
  • hail
  • straight-line winds
  • and or course, tornadoes

The best defense for this type of weather is to have a plan and practice it. Know what you are going to do before the warning is sounded and talk to your loved ones about what to do. Schools have drills to prepare for severe weather — consider having drills at home. Or consider what you would do if severe weather strikes while the family is having a picnic in the park. The type of severe weather common to central Indiana in the spring can often come up quickly with little warning and storm tracks can be unpredictab;e. Preparation and knowledge are critically important to your safety.

How to Prepare for Severe Weather at Home

  •  Identify the safest room in your home in case a tornado would strike. Some homes are equipped with a “saferoom,” but if yours is not, you have other options. If you have a basement, that is the safest place to be during a tornado. If not, identify the most centrally located room of the first floor of your home. Ideally, the room would be small and windowless. A closet, a bathroom, or hallway might serve you well. If you are in the path of a severe storm, especially if the storm has been identified as potentially causing tornadoes, go to this safe area of your home and stay there until the threat has passed. Do not wait until the storm is right on top of you — it may be too late!
  • In the past, it was suggested that you open the windows of your home in a tornado. This is no longer suggested — in fact, you should not do this. Don’t waste valuable time messing with windows. Opening them will not help and may actually make you more vulnerable to the dangerous wind and debris.
  • Close doors behind you as you make your way to your safe area. The more barriers you can put between yourself and the storm, the more protected you will be against wind and debris. 
  • If you live in a manufactured home, you should NOT try to ride out the storm inside. Reisdents of mobile homes should be espcially vigilant in watching for threatening weather, and when the conditions are likely, try to seek shelter elsewhere. Many manufactured housing communities have a centrally located, permanent structure where reisdents can seek shelter during threatening weather. 
  • If you are home when a hailstorm occurs, stay inside and away from windows, which could be broken by the hailstones. Avoid skylights and doors.
  • When severe weather strikes, move cars, RVs, boats, lawn furniture, etc, under cover, but ONLY IF TIME PERMITS.
  • Proper care and maintenance of trees on your property can help prevent structure damage caused by falling limbs. Have your trees (especially those nearest your home) pruned by a professional.
  • Severe storms are often accompanied by heavy rainfall, which can produce flash flooding conditions. Read more about how to prepare for and survive a flood scenario in our previous blog post. 

What if You are Outdoors When Severe Weather Strikes?

  • If there is any way, seek shelter. Even though tornadoes can strike with little or no warning, the conditions that can produce them are often very apparent. If you have outdoor plans or work outdoors, listen to the forecast and know when conditions are potentially dangerous and have a plan. 
  • Don’t ever try to outrun a tornado — on foot or in a vehicle. Leave your vehicle and seek a safe area immediately. Of course, if you can get indoors, that is ideal, but if not, seek a low area — like a ditch. Get down on the ground — make yourself as low as possible, and cover you head and neck with your hands.
  • Avoid overpasses and bridges — you are actually safer in an open, flat area than under such a structure.

After the Storm

Most of what we have covered here addresses what to do when you find yourself directly in the path of threatening weather. What about after the storm passes? Then what?

  • Have a “reunion plan” for your family. If a storm occurs while the members of your family are scattered at various locations, it may be hard to check on everyone after the storm. Of course, this will be easy if the cell phone transmissions are not affected by the weather, but you must prepare for the possibility that communication by phone will be difficult or impossible. Establish a meeting place so the family can get back together when it is safe to do so.
  • Use essentials from your emergency preparedness kit (water, food, etc) until you know the water supply is safe. Throw out any food that is contaminated by flood water or that might not have been stored safely because of a power outage.
  • Visually inspect your home for structural damage and take reasonable steps to prevent further damage. For example, board up holes with plywood and cover leaks with plastic sheeting.
  • If a major disaster was declared for your area, federal housing assistance may be available. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administers post-disaster housing programs. Otherwise, organizations such as the American Red Cross may offer help.
  • Your insurance company want documentation of any damage to your property. Save all receipts for home repairs, vehicle towing and repairs, temporary housing, meals, and other living expenses. Also, photograph and list all damaged, spoiled, or contaminated items, including quantity, description, and age.

How Landscape Solutions Supports our Clients in Times of Emergency

At Landscape Solutions, several members of our staff have been trained to assist local police and fire departments in times of emergency. If disaster strikes and first responders are overwhelmed, our team members can provide immediate assistance to those in need.

As part of our local emergency response team, our staff members have received specialized training through CERT (Community Emergency Response Team.) The goal of CERT is to educate people about disaster preparedness and train them in basic response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations.

Clients of Landscape Soluctions can benefit from the education and experience we have received through our emergency training. Our staff is available to speak to your organization on how to be prepared for weather events like floods, tornados and snowstorms or other emergencies like fire or blackouts. Having the knowledge to be able to help yourself in an emergency situation offers peace of mind for your business and your customers.

In the event that your organization needs help following an actual emergency, we are able to offer the following assistance:

  • Dispatch a trained, experienced crew and the heavy equipment necessary to clear downed trees and debris on streets, common areas, pathways, etc.
  • Coordinate the utility shut-offs necessary for your specific property (electricity, gas, water) as well as work with our partners to provide other required services (plumbers, tree service, etc.)
  • Help to coordinate these services to every one of your locations throughout central Indiana.
  • With One Call To Landscape Solutions, You Can Set In Motion A Process That Immediately Begins To Manage A Crisis And Get Your Organization Back To Normal.

If you would like more information on this unique service we provide, please Contact Landscape Solutions today.

Central Indiana Braces for a Different Kind of Severe Weather

Yes, you may be able to put away the ice melt and snow shovel, but it’s time to prepare for the type of severe weather common to central Indiana in the spring. This includes:

  • severe thunderstorms
  • flash flooding (caused by snow melt and/or heavy rains)
  • hail
  • straight-line winds
  • and or course, tornadoes

The best defense for this type of weather is to have a plan and practice it. Know what you are going to do before the warning is sounded and talk to your loved ones about what to do. Schools have drills to prepare for severe weather — consider having drills at home. Or consider what you would do if severe weather strikes while the family is having a picnic in the park. The type of severe weather common to central Indiana in the spring can often come up quickly with little warning and storm tracks can be unpredictab;e. Preparation and knowledge are critically important to your safety.

How to Prepare for Severe Weather at Home

  •  Identify the safest room in your home in case a tornado would strike. Some homes are equipped with a “saferoom,” but if yours is not, you have other options. If you have a basement, that is the safest place to be during a tornado. If not, identify the most centrally located room of the first floor of your home. Ideally, the room would be small and windowless. A closet, a bathroom, or hallway might serve you well. If you are in the path of a severe storm, especially if the storm has been identified as potentially causing tornadoes, go to this safe area of your home and stay there until the threat has passed. Do not wait until the storm is right on top of you — it may be too late!
  • In the past, it was suggested that you open the windows of your home in a tornado. This is no longer suggested — in fact, you should not do this. Don’t waste valuable time messing with windows. Opening them will not help and may actually make you more vulnerable to the dangerous wind and debris.
  • Close doors behind you as you make your way to your safe area. The more barriers you can put between yourself and the storm, the more protected you will be against wind and debris. 
  • If you live in a manufactured home, you should NOT try to ride out the storm inside. Reisdents of mobile homes should be espcially vigilant in watching for threatening weather, and when the conditions are likely, try to seek shelter elsewhere. Many manufactured housing communities have a centrally located, permanent structure where reisdents can seek shelter during threatening weather. 
  • If you are home when a hailstorm occurs, stay inside and away from windows, which could be broken by the hailstones. Avoid skylights and doors.
  • When severe weather strikes, move cars, RVs, boats, lawn furniture, etc, under cover, but ONLY IF TIME PERMITS.
  • Proper care and maintenance of trees on your property can help prevent structure damage caused by falling limbs. Have your trees (especially those nearest your home) pruned by a professional.
  • Severe storms are often accompanied by heavy rainfall, which can produce flash flooding conditions. Read more about how to prepare for and survive a flood scenario in our previous blog post. 

What if You are Outdoors When Severe Weather Strikes?

  • If there is any way, seek shelter. Even though tornadoes can strike with little or no warning, the conditions that can produce them are often very apparent. If you have outdoor plans or work outdoors, listen to the forecast and know when conditions are potentially dangerous and have a plan. 
  • Don’t ever try to outrun a tornado — on foot or in a vehicle. Leave your vehicle and seek a safe area immediately. Of course, if you can get indoors, that is ideal, but if not, seek a low area — like a ditch. Get down on the ground — make yourself as low as possible, and cover you head and neck with your hands.
  • Avoid overpasses and bridges — you are actually safer in an open, flat area than under such a structure.

After the Storm

Most of what we have covered here addresses what to do when you find yourself directly in the path of threatening weather. What about after the storm passes? Then what?

  • Have a “reunion plan” for your family. If a storm occurs while the members of your family are scattered at various locations, it may be hard to check on everyone after the storm. Of course, this will be easy if the cell phone transmissions are not affected by the weather, but you must prepare for the possibility that communication by phone will be difficult or impossible. Establish a meeting place so the family can get back together when it is safe to do so.
  • Use essentials from your emergency preparedness kit (water, food, etc) until you know the water supply is safe. Throw out any food that is contaminated by flood water or that might not have been stored safely because of a power outage.
  • Visually inspect your home for structural damage and take reasonable steps to prevent further damage. For example, board up holes with plywood and cover leaks with plastic sheeting.
  • If a major disaster was declared for your area, federal housing assistance may be available. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administers post-disaster housing programs. Otherwise, organizations such as the American Red Cross may offer help.
  • Your insurance company want documentation of any damage to your property. Save all receipts for home repairs, vehicle towing and repairs, temporary housing, meals, and other living expenses. Also, photograph and list all damaged, spoiled, or contaminated items, including quantity, description, and age.

How Landscape Solutions Supports our Clients in Times of Emergency

At Landscape Solutions, several members of our staff have been trained to assist local police and fire departments in times of emergency. If disaster strikes and first responders are overwhelmed, our team members can provide immediate assistance to those in need.

As part of our local emergency response team, our staff members have received specialized training through CERT (Community Emergency Response Team.) The goal of CERT is to educate people about disaster preparedness and train them in basic response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations.

Clients of Landscape Soluctions can benefit from the education and experience we have received through our emergency training. Our staff is available to speak to your organization on how to be prepared for weather events like floods, tornados and snowstorms or other emergencies like fire or blackouts. Having the knowledge to be able to help yourself in an emergency situation offers peace of mind for your business and your customers.

In the event that your organization needs help following an actual emergency, we are able to offer the following assistance:

  • Dispatch a trained, experienced crew and the heavy equipment necessary to clear downed trees and debris on streets, common areas, pathways, etc.
  • Coordinate the utility shut-offs necessary for your specific property (electricity, gas, water) as well as work with our partners to provide other required services (plumbers, tree service, etc.)
  • Help to coordinate these services to every one of your locations throughout central Indiana.
  • With One Call To Landscape Solutions, You Can Set In Motion A Process That Immediately Begins To Manage A Crisis And Get Your Organization Back To Normal.

If you would like more information on this unique service we provide, please Contact Landscape Solutions today.

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