How to Prepare for Severe Weather


Weather can be unpredictable and possibly dangerous. From rainstorms to winter freezes and anything in between, it’s always smart to be prepared for any outcome. Keep reading to find out how you can get prepared and stay safe.


Rainy city with someone holding a pink umbrella, grey blurry city background


Know your city. Understand what type of extreme weather your city is prone to. Is it flooding? Is it tornadoes? Being knowledgeable about common weather occurrences in your area will help you to be prepared.


Stay connected. Download weather apps that alert you with important weather updates and information and/or sign up for text alerts. Warn Central Texas runs a texting service in partnership with Travis County and many surrounding counties in the area. Familiarize yourself with news channels and radio stations that regularly give weather updates.


Have a plan. Create a plan of action before the severe weather happens. Designate a safe room in your living space to go to if needed and know who to call to keep them updated on your situation or if there is an emergency. Agree with your friends or roommates on a place to meet if you all get separated during an evacuation. Take a look at this emergency plan template to help you get started.


Make a kit. Create an emergency preparedness kit filled with things needed during a severe weather emergency. Items to include, but not limited to:

  • Flashlight
  • Portable charger
  • Batteries
  • Crank radio
  • Blankets
  • Water
  • Umbrella
  • Non-perishable foods
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle
  • Multi-tool
  • Lighter/matches
  • See a full list here


Stay calm. Severe weather can be scary and it can be easy to panic. However, remaining calm will help you and the people you’re with to think the most clearly and make logical decisions. Learn more about how emergencies can impact your mental health here


Sources:, City of Austin Homeland Security and Emergency Management