Surviving Super Scary Hailstorms

Step by Step Tutorial On Not Dying in Hailstorms

How to Survive Hailstorms Without Getting Concussions

Precautions

First things first, if you want to survive, you have to take safety precautions. Some safety precautions you might want to take if hail's in the forecast are:


  • Umbrellas (even though the hail might break it, but if it's small it'll bounce right off).
  • Closure of all windows and close the shades or curtains in case of breakage of glass.
  • Making a plan beforehand and have a kit that probably should include water, food, portable radios, etc. since you might not be leaving your (hopefully) safe and secure protected area.
  • Checking to make sure your roof is sturdy, and that it won't break too much when hailstones hit it.

During The Storm

Next, you have to stay safe during those storms. This is what you should do if you're caught in a hailstorm:


  • Don't try to go outside. If you want a concussion and a dent in your head, go ahead.
  • Stay away from windows. They can break and cause a bunch of injures. So yeah, stay away.
  • If you're outside, FIND SHELTER IMMEDIATELY. Stay out of places that might flood with water if you can't find shelter, since hail most often occurs during thunderstorms or other storms like that.

During the Storm... In A Car

  • If you're in a car, STOP DRIVING. If you can see a protected area up ahead, that's an exception.
  • Stay away from car windows. They're dangerous too. The windows do protect you for awhile, but don't get too cozy. They might shatter on your head.
  • Don't leave the car while it's hailing. The car is pretty safe if it isn't hailing too much. It's also a lot safer than it is outside. Try not to get too many dents in your had if you do get stuck outside though. You might want to cover your head so you aren't struck into a stupor. Pun intended.

After the Storm

After all the pain and fear, (don't forget about the concussions... did I mention concussions?) there are still things you need to do. (But we already did all the hard stuff! Sucks for you. There is still danger.) ☻ Here's what you need to do:


  • Make sure that the hail has actually stopped before you leave your safe haven.
  • Check for damage around you.
  • Cover any of those broken windows and holes in the roof as to prevent water from intruding into your house and sneaking around like a ninja while causing damage.

Conclusion

To summarize, this is what you need to do:


  • Stay away from windows. They are fragile against hail and weak, so find something sturdier to hide in or under. Glass is too breakable for its own good.
  • Close all shutters and curtains.
  • Find shelter and avoid gong outside.
  • Cover breakage and have it fixed by professionals in case there is more things broken then visible to the eyes.
  • Oh, and don't forget to protect kids. They'll probably want to play with the broken glass. Don't ask. I have no idea why.

Citations

You're welcome. I put the citations at the end so that you can skip them. Yay.



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<http://news.discovery.com/earth/weather-extreme-events/hail-storm-tees-off-argentina-130225.htm>.


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