The changing seasons can bring excitement, variety, and new outdoor opportunities, but in many parts of the country, the seasons can also bring severe storms and natural disasters.
- Flooding – Winter thaws and heavy rains can lead to flooding in the spring.
- Tornadoes – Tornadoes are most likely to occur in the spring and early summer.
- Hurricanes – The hurricane season can stretch throughout the summer and fall, putting much of the Atlantic Coast and Gulf Coast states at risk.
- Severe Winter Storms – During the winter, multiple states can get pounded by severe winter storms.
Natural disasters are a given in most parts of the country. Luckily, there are things you can do to stay safe during storms, flooding, and even earthquakes.
Smart homes–a smart choice for emergency preparedness
The number one thing you should do in a natural disaster is stay informed. If you’re experiencing severe weather, it’s vital for you to get up-to-the-minute information while you're connected to the grid so you can know whether to evacuate, get off the roads, or take shelter.
A Vivint can help you before, during, and after a natural disaster by alerting you to potential issues in your area and around your home, and ensuring you have access to emergency responders.
The Vivint Smart Hub Panel alerts homeowners when severe weather–like tornadoes, winter storm warnings, or flash floods–is in your area. In addition to a visual alert, the panel also beeps until the severe weather warning notification is acknowledged.
A smart home doesn't do any good if it's not powered and connected. That's why all Vivint sensors, smart locks, and the Vivint Smart Hub Panel feature battery backup that lasts up to 24 hours, keeping your home secure even if power is lost. And with dedicated cellular connectivity, as long as the panel is powered you stay connected to Vivint's 24/7 security monitoring, meaning help is near in an emergency.
For many of us, The Wizard of Oz gave us our first (and hopefully only) look at a tornado. But tornadoes touch down often enough to earn an entire area of the country the nickname Tornado Alley.
If you live in an area where tornadoes are common, take the disaster alerts on your Vivint Smart Hub Panel seriously—if a tornado warning alert appears, head to the basement or a safe spot pronto.
One of the challenges with staying safe in a tornado is having enough lead time–the amount of time between a tornado warning and when the tornado hits–to get to safety. The average tornado warning lead time is just 13 minutes. If you don't have the TV or radio on, or can't hear an audible alarm, it may be possible to miss the warning. The Vivint Smart Hub Panel is always on and can provide that vital warning lead time with a visual and audio alert.