How to Survive a Storm While Bugging In
The UK is no stranger to Storms.
One or two storms on average occur every year which usually occur over winter.
A storm is defined as “A violent disturbance of the atmosphere with strong winds and usually rain, thunder, lightning, or snow.”
We have looked at How to Survive the Cold while Bugging In previously.
This How to Survive a Storm while Bugging In guide will focus more on keeping safe in doors during extreme high winds.
A lot of the advice here is suitable for wind speeds of between 70-140mph.
If the storm is due to bring winds below 70mph then some of this advice may still apply.
If the storm is due to bring winds over 140mph Then you are looking at a catastrophe where most buildings will be destroyed.
Evacuation is your only option in this situation.
Batten Down the Hatches!
You need to be prepared to Bug Out for at least a Three Day Period first.
If it’s going to become extreme then you need to be ready to pick up and go.
You should have an evacuation plan in place which you and your family are familiar with.
Go and check where you intend to bug in.
Remove anything outside that’s not bolted down.
Bins, plant pots, bicycles, anything of that sort should now be brought indoors.
If you have any trees near by then check them for any weak branches and remove them.
Now board up your windows with plywood.
If this isn’t practical for every window then at least secure one room.
Cover all remaining windows with large strips of masking tape.
This will reduce the chance of flying broken glass should it shatter.
Check where your Gas and Electricity meters are located.
This is so you can quickly switch them off if you need to bunker down.
Watch for Signs
If the power is up and communications are working then you will know of any Storms due in your local area.
News coverage is very good on this topic with detailed weather reports included in most episodes.
If the power is down then this is a good time to crank your wind up radio or check your battery powered radio for updates.
Anyone who has been out in a storm before however will know the tell tale signs.
The sky will darken and sometimes with a slight green hue.
If you are close enough to hear thunder then you are close enough to be hit by lightning.
If this is the only warning that you have then you have little time to Bug In properly.
When the Storm Hits
Close all windows and doors both inside and out.
The best place to bunker down is in a cellar or under the stairs.
If you have a hallway with no external doors or windows then head there.
Stay away from external windows, doors or chimney breasts.
These are the things that will likely shatter or collapse first.
If there is an increase in lightning during the storm then there are a few extra things to consider.
Lightning can travel along pipes so stay away from running tap water.
Avoid electrical equipment that is plugged in as well as land line phones.
When it Passes
Do not head straight out after the storm has passed.
Take stock of any damage to your Bug In location first.
Now is the time to make sure that it is secure and not easily accessible.
Check on the outside of your property next.
There could be obvious damage visible that could be rectified now to avoid further damage due to neglect.
Things may not get back to normal for a while so ensure you and your family are safe before anything else.
After that it’s worth checking on neighbours to see if you can offer any help.