While natural disasters are not as common in Leander as they are in some cities, we are not completely immune to them. Whether it is floods, tornadoes, or heatwaves, these disasters – while rare – can strike the Austin area. That is why it is important to be prepared for such disasters. Follow some of the tips below to increase your disaster-readiness here in the Austin area. Unfortunately, Mother Nature is not always a kind mother, but by reading this article, you will be more prepared for some of the things she can throw at you here in Austin.
We are used to hot summers here in the Hill Country and, frankly, if a little sweat were too much for you, you probably wouldn’t have moved to Leander to begin with. That said, there is a difference between a muggy summer day and a true heatwave. Excessive temperatures can be fatal, especially to the sick and the elderly. This is why it is important to make sure that you stay hydrated on excessively hot days, and that you avoid the outside as much as possible. It is also essential to make sure that your air conditioning is in good working condition. If it is not, go somewhere that does have air conditioning, whether it is the house of a friend or family member, or a public place. If you feel you have no place cool to go, call Austin’s social services. If you feel dizzy, light-headed or sick, call 911. When it comes to heat emergencies here in Austin, it is always best to err on the side of caution.
Leander has many beautiful lakes and rivers that allow for some great outdoor activities—it is one of the big perks of living here. As with most things in life, this comes with a downside: floods. It is rare that we see the sort of flooding that causes multiple fatalities and massive property damage. If this is the case, it is important to always seek the highest ground possible. Most often, though, floods are an inconvenience that can lead to sewer backups and ruined basements. While Leander sewer backups are no picnic, there are many service providers you can call to restore your property.
Leander may not be as tornado-prone as other parts of the state, but they can happen here. In the event of a tornado, it is important to seek shelter. A basement is ideal, but not every house or building has one. The next best thing is to take cover under a table or other sturdy surface, in a room with few windows (flying shards of glass can be very dangerous). If you are outside or on the road when you hear the tornado siren, do whatever you can to find shelter. If that is not possible, lay flat on the ground in an open space. Taking these actions can greatly reduce the risk of injury during a tornado.