Always be prepared!
Bad weather can be scary, but when you live in an RV, it’s ALWAYS scary. You must be prepared for whatever Mother Nature wants to throw at you!
Tip #1 – Know where the nearest storm shelter is located
I highly recommend this especially if you are in an area known to have tornadoes. January of 2017 there was a University that was devastated by a tornado. Zachary ran that project for his company. We found a spot at their Mulit Purpose Center. We were here for nearly 8 months. During that time we had several tornado warnings and thankfully the MPC had the town’s Storm Shelter on site, pretty much a quarter mile within my front door.
Some RV parks will consider their bathhouse, the parks “shelter”, but that would be your call if you want to stay there or not. I have been known to just sit at a Panera thinking that IF one were to pop up I would lock myself and the kids in their cooler. I don’t know if that’s a good idea or not, but I think it’s better than sitting in the RV!
Tip #2 – Get a weather radio!
We have this one. This little radio has been amazing for us! You can set it for your specific county and it will alert you with alarms from the NOAA. It has voice, siren and lights for any warnings. The radio can also be used a clock and an alarm. My favorite thing about this radio is in case of a power outage, it’s battery operated! Regardless of which radio you choose for your family just be sure to get one!
Tip #3 – WINDY days can be scary!
I love a good breeze, but wind over 30MPH and I start to pay attention. If you plan on driving, be sure to check the local weather of your route. IF there are high winds, you may want to consider staying another night where you are, or at least just pulling over at a rest stop or something of the like until the wind dies down. Wind is not something to be played around with and can cause SERIOUS damage!
Tip #4 – Bring everything inside!
During a bad storm, you will want to bring in or put away as many things as possible. The main thing being your awning. It can cost up to $500 to get an awning fixed and I would rather just take the extra 20 seconds it takes to pull it in. As soon as the wind hits 15MPH, I bring in my awning. I would rather go without the shade instead of having to dish out the cost of replacing the awning. I also pull in my awning before any kind of rain. NEVER put it away wet. IF you need to pull it in and it’s already wet, take the soonest chance possible to bring it in to allow it to dry properly before it starts to grow any kind of mold.
Grills, chairs, tables, lawn decorations all should be brought in as well before a big storm. You always want to stay on the safe side and never want to leave something out that could damage yours or someone else’s RV.
Tip #5 – Use Common Sense!
Don’t take chances! Life is too short to be making dumb mistakes when serious weather is occurring. Use this time to find a library or bookstore, or go bowling. Just be smart!
What do you do to stay ahead and out of the bad weather?
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