Due to the severe weather we have endured recently here in Ohio, I thought it would be good to talk about storm safety tips in your RV. After scouring the internet for the most common tips among avid RVers, I have put together a list of things you may or may not have already thought of.
“Better safe, than sorry”, Mom always said.
Be prepared. This simple tip can sometimes be the only one you need. This one tip essentially covers everything else I am going to say but it never hurts to elaborate, right?
From my research, the number one accessory that you will want in your RV is a NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Weather Radio. This is going to give you the most accurate and up to date weather information. In addition to having this radio, it is a great idea to have a weather app uploaded on your cell phone.
Knowing the county that you are in is a great idea. Honestly something I would never have thought of but when a severe weather warning is issued, it is going to be essential to know where you are in conjunction to said weather. If a warning is issued, please leave your campsite immediately. Do not “wait it out”. Remember what Mom always said.
While you are figuring out what county you are in, take note of the nearest medical facility and storm shelter and know your evacuation routes, as well.
When the threat of severe weather is upon you, make sure anything you have outside that is loose such as your grill, chairs, bikes, etc. is secured or brought inside. These things can become damaged or can cause preventable damage. You will also want to make sure you retract your awning, if it does not have a wind sensor to retract it automatically.
Keep an emergency bag packed. This tip is good for home and RV use. Pack a few bottles of water, nonperishable food items, any important documents, necessary medication, first aid items, and a cell phone charger.
When planning your camping trip, always make a ‘weather contingency’ plan. That is if there is severe weather, instead of going on the several mile hike – go to the mall, a museum, or someplace that will keep you indoors and safe from the weather.
Last but very important, make sure all campers included on your trip know what the plan is in case of an emergency. This way if your group is not together when severe weather is impending, everyone knows what to do and where to meet.
While we all hope that our travel adventures supply only sunshiny, perfect weather, we also all live in the real world. I certainly hope you never find yourself in a severe weather situation while RV’ing but if you do, remember what Mom always said and simply be prepared.