One of the biggest safety requirements that every RVer should have is an Emergency Weather Plan. As a tornado, lightning storm, rain, hail or snow can strike down anytime on unsealed roads in the backcountry, you must always have a solid emergency evacuation plan for every weather.
Take a look at our must-haves and must-keep guidelines to establish an Emergency Weather Plan in your RV.
‘Tactical and Prepared’ talks about one of the must-haves of an Emergency Weather Plan- a Weather Radio that is, apt for critical emergencies.
See more from Tactical and Prepared.
Veteran RVer Mark Polk has a few tips for an Emergency Weather Plan For RVers
- Access weather information and alerts
With today’s mobile devices, it’s easy to get apps for current weather information or severe weather alerts. This works especially well when you are traveling in your motorhome.
- Develop an emergency evacuation plan
When you arrive at a campground, ask at the check-in desk about an emergency plan in case of a severe storm such as a tornado, or a thunderstorm with high winds.
- Monitor weather information and alerts
When you arrive at the campground, tune the receiver to a local channel that broadcasts continuous weather information directly from a nearby National Weather Service office.
- Have an emergency supply kit
Your emergency kit should be prepared and easily accessible. Some items to consider adding to the kit: flashlights, batteries, blankets, bottled water, rain ponchos, first-aid kit, pet supplies, portable weather radio, manual can opener, non- perishable packaged or canned food, prescription and non-prescription drugs, and any special items for infants, elderly or disabled family members.
Read more from Mark Polk on Emergency Weather Plan in RV.
Kristin’s Emergency Weather Plan to keep in your RV
- To stay safe during any severe weather, taking personal responsibility is a must. Do not wait around for someone else to tell you where to go or what to do, when severe weather hits. Not reacting in a timely manner to a weather threat not only puts your life at risk, but also the lives of any others who may help you get to safety at the last minute.
- Seek shelter long before things get really bad. Nothing you own is worth saving more than yourself and your family. If there isn’t a shelter, the next place to seek refuge is in a building made of poured concrete – not a prefabricated building – and try to put as many walls between you and the exterior of the building as you can. If a less substantial or large-span building like a grocery store, gas station, or Wal-Mart is your only choice, it’s been reported that seeking shelter in a walk-in metal cooler can offer more protection.
- Weather Websites- www.weather.com, www.spc.noaa.gov, Weather Underground- www.wunderground.com.
As weather emergencies like light storms and wildfires can be quickly fatal, you must take care about the safety tips in areas prone to such mishaps. Read more on wildfire safety measures and lightning storms.
Have you have ever had to battle emergency weather fluctuations while RVing? What was your Emergency Weather Plan?