Thursday, June 13, 2013

Weather the Weather

Hunker down, friends! We've been hearing threats of a derecho all week. If you've never heard of this type of monstrous storm, and you’re currently thinking “I think I remember that word from Spanish class,” then let me explain. A derecho is a patch of thunderstorms with relentless damaging winds. Unlike your typical storm, this one leaves a wide path of damage that can be up to several hundred miles long. Derecho means “straight” en espanol, so all the damage is a result of these straight line winds that come rolling through, get up in everybody’s business, and just generally cause trouble for everyone.

For the most part, the weather has danced around our neck of the woods. However, things got bad for a hot second this afternoon, and everyone in the office had to head to the basement for a tornado warning. The storm quickly moved on; we were only in the basement for about fifteen minutes. However, it did manage to knock out power for a lot of people, and there were downed branches and debris everywhere.
Not my car!
In the spirit of things, I thought I would type up a little list of things NOT to do in a severe weather emergency. For legit advice from professionals (well, it’s from the government, so take it as you will), visit this website.

Katie’s List of What Not to Do in an Emergency:
  1. Stock up on perishables—chicken, eggs, and milk are all excellent choices.
  2. Charge your phone to the max, play candy crush until your battery power is nonexistent.
  3. Tie up the phone lines as you attempt to call every Papa John in the state to see if they are available for delivery.
  4. Some guides suggest filling a bathtub with water—this is a great idea. Make sure you add bubble bath, and then you will be able to take a relaxing bath when you’re stressed about the power going out.
  5. Go fly a kite. No, seriously.
  6. Panic and run for the hills. You'll have an energizing workout session AND you'll be on high ground. 
In all seriousness, have an emergency plan. The weather service doesn't issue warnings for the fun of it. Take it seriously and be ready for it--don't be a dumdum about it. 

That's all I have to say friends--don't be a dumdum. 

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