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Camping & Survival

30 Days of Preparing for Spring Storms and the Stinging Heat of Summer Day 4: The Quintessential Preparedness Guide for Severe Thunderstorms

In the past, the expert writers at Cheaper Than Dirt! have written extensively on severe spring and summer weather—including an airman who served in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. From first-hand encounters during a lightning storm to quick tips and infographics, I have even asked, “Can you outrun a tornado?” Following is the top ten blog posts to help you stock up, plan and prepare for spring and summer severe weather.

Picture shows a snow-covered train track with a fallen tree in the middle.

Camping & Survival

Staying Safe and Warm: How to Prepare for an Ice Storm

America is experiencing some of the worst winter weather it has had in four years, affecting millions of people from the Midwest to the East Coast. Hundreds of thousands of families have been without power for up to a week. Ice storms can be devastating, causing enough dangerous conditions to shut down entire cities. An ice storm is categorized by the accumulation of 0.25 inches of freezing rain—just enough to add 500 pounds of extra weight to power lines. Due to the extreme weight of ice, power lines, large trees, tree branches and utility poles can snap, causing blackouts that can last for weeks. Since road travel can be extremely treacherous during severe winter storms, it is best to prepare and stock up now before old man winter hits.