Spring is now well-upon us, and the old adage “April showers brings May flowers” is in full affect. Spring storms, rain, hail, floods, and other varying weather affects are present across the United States. No matter where you live, it is wise to prepare for every possibility when it comes to Spring’s mood swings! Just this week, our temperatures in my area of Texas climbed to nearly 90 degrees then dropped to under 40 degrees in the span of two days. You never know what spring will bring, so it is best to prepare for every possibility.
Preparing for Sudden Cold Snaps
While it is unusual for Texas to see large temperature drops past March, other states see cold snaps appear as late as early June. The best way to see if you are at risk for sudden temperature drops is to check you freeze zone. The National Climatic Data Center has a searchable list that will tell you when the frost danger is over for your region. This is helpful for determining planting safety and for keeping your house safe. Don’t remove winter items, like covered pipes, until the danger of frost is gone. Cover plants at night to protect them from the frost and chill.
Preparing for Spring Rains
Spring is a wet season through much of the United States. Rain can bring unwanted problems like damage to houses or trees from heavy rainfall, hail, lighting strikes, and flooding. Park your car in a garage or under a carport, if possible, to protect it from hail. Make sure you keep your windows safe by clearing away nearby branches, or installing storm windows. Keep several days worth of food in the house in case of heavy rains or flooding. Know your area’s flood risk and make sure you are up-to-date on your home’s insurance. Protect plants with tarps or keep them in a greenhouse until they are hearty enough to withstand heavy rainfall.
Preparing for Natural Disasters
Spring weather often includes natural disasters, such as hurricanes and tornadoes. Prepare for these disasters by keeping your emergency supply kit stocked, keeping several days worth of food in the house, and having an emergency plan set in place in case you have to evacuate. A ready-to-go emergency kit will also help prepare you for unforeseen disasters, like the plant explosion in West, Texas.
Maintaining a Prepared Mindset
The key to preparing for unruly spring weather is to prepare for every possibility. Even if you don’t think you are at risk, you are better off staying prepared anyway. You never know what direction spring weather can take or how it might affect your surroundings.
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