Summer Thunderstorms in Rural Areas
There is no doubt that we are seeing a rise in summer storms in Saskatchewan. From tornado warnings and plow winds to hailstorms and torrential downpours, there is always at least one big storm that is bound to happen every summer. Although these storms can wreak havoc on all our homes, those in rural areas are usually more at risk. During a power outage, rural areas may be left without heating, air conditioning, lighting, or even running water. This can be extremely dangerous if left without for long periods of time. To help those located in rural communities, we have made a list of ways you can better prepare for storms this summer.
- Prepare your building and equipment: Ensure you have enough water and food for at least a week, mount fire extinguishers in case of emergencies, and fill any feed troughs or large containers with water in the event of high winds.
2. Shelter your livestock and farm animals: Find alternative locations for your animals. This includes low-lying areas for high winds, high ground for floods, and building shelter that provides shade and safety.
3. Move and secure outdoor items: Make sure you are securing anything that can be picked up by the wind and become a projectile. This includes furniture, containers, trash cans, hanging plants, etc.
4. Have a generator in case of emergencies: Your best solution for power outages caused by storms is to invest in a standby generator for your home. Outages can sometimes last days in rural areas and this can put your livestock and crops at risk. With a generator, your power will be restored within seconds so that you can keep operations running and ensure the safety of your livestock and family.
Don’t wait for a storm to happen and wish you were prepared, get your home ready now!
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