Summer storms which this week brought tragedy to a local camp also contributed to accidents, resulted in considerable property damage and led to power outrages across the region provide a grim reminder of the importance of keeping track of changing weather conditions and taking all possible steps to protect yourself and your belongings.
A 12-year-old camper died as the result of injuries sustained when a storm ripped through the area Tuesday evening. Eight other children were injured.
Across the region Tuesday and Wednesday, storms contributed to traffic accidents, debris from falling limbs and trees damaged properties and took down power lines, resulting in outages for thousands of people.
We are in the height of the summer storm season, and while most years we are lucky to escape without any loss of life, that threat is always present.
These storms can pop up quickly, so it is important to keep track of changing weather conditions and be alert for storm warnings posted by the National Weather Service. Equally important is having an emergency plan to ensure the safety of your family.
Power outages can stretch from hours into days, In recent years we have been hit with several storms that have resulted in widespread outages, with utility crews mobilizing additional workers to try and get power restored to everyone quickly. Having a supply of water and food on hand can help ease the situation in the event of a long outage.
Despite our best efforts, we can't possibly prepare for everything that Mother Nature may throw our way on any given day. But by taking some precautionary steps, being ready in the event of an emergency and having a plan to keep track of and ensure the safety of family members, we can hopefully minimize the impact of these storms.