If You Can’t Stand the Heat

You’re not alone.

Here in NJ, July is usually the hottest month of the year – and 2022 took that to the extreme.

Forecasts for this summer called for constant heat & humidity here, but no one was expecting the weather that actually hit.

Record heat waves have hit globally & everyone is feeling the pressure.

Across the pond, England reported the weather was akin to Texas – something they’re certainly not built or prepared for.

Similar to how South Jersey was not built or prepared for the tornadoes that reconfigured the landscape last September.

& With the anniversary of the blizzard that devastated Texas coming up in February it seems that the extreme weather is here to stay.

The only way to manage is to be informed and prepared.

The Farmer’s Almanac

Published every year since 1818, the retail edition of the Farmers’ Almanac not only provides amazingly accurate long-range weather predictions (for the United States), but each edition contains informative articles, helpful planning calendars, and information on everything from the best days to garden and fish, quit a bad habit, plus natural home remedies

Farmer’s Almanac

Surviving Extreme Weather

Heat Wave

Stay hydrated and out of direct sunlight. If you spend time outside, keep it low energy. The fewer electronics you have on in the house the better. If you set your AC too low too fast, you’ll freeze the unit & have the blast the heat to get it to thaw. & Make sure kids and fur babies don’t over exert themselves having summer fun.

Blizzard

Preventative measures are always important, and in situations with extreme cold are critical. After what happened in Texas, I think it’s safe to say everyone who can should winterize their homes, specifically their pipes. Supplies that everyone should have on hand: drinking water, nonperishable food (including for pets), salt/kitty litter/sand, matches/flint, long lasting candles, flashlights & batteries, extra blankets/clothes, non-electronic entertainment. Make smart decisions and do not believe to everything you read on the Internet.

Tornado

From my experience, unless you plan to live underground (or spend $1,000,000,000) there’s no real way to tornado proof your home. Do your best when setting up your home to secure furniture, and keep all precious items in a water tight safe. When the threat for tornadoes is high in your area collect everything loose from your yard (including cars), and secure all windows and doors. When the call is made, get everyone to a low area immediately & avoid all windows and doors. If you hear the storm and you are safe, stay where you are and protect your head.

No matter the emergency, keep your phone charged and on you at all times.

Conserving battery:

  • Use your cell phone as if it were a house phone – only make and receive calls
  • Use battery operated flashlights and radios
  • If there are multiple people in your group, only have one phone on at a time (make those outside your group aware which phone your using, and write down important phone numbers)
  • Keep a fully charged power bank
  • Some cars can charge your phone without with engine being on

Emergency calls may still go through even if regular cell service goes down.

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