The monsoon season is here, and with it comes a change of wind and moisture patterns. Wind and moisture built up from the Gulf of Mexico finds its way to the four corners, hence a drastic change in weather. With this change comes new safety procedures that you should follow. Lerner and Rowe is here with the scoop on safety tips for the monsoon season in New Mexico.
Don’t Drive in a Flood
Driving in a flood is incredibly dangerous, and even deadly. It takes only a few inches of rain to cause hydroplaning, and not much more will cause average-sized cars to float. Before you know it, you’re completely off the ground, and you’ve lost control of your vehicle. Not good.
To avoid these scenarios, don’t drive in any flooded area. Turn around, and find an alternate route to reach your destination safely. Also, don’t try to drive around barricades; they are there for everyone’s safety, including yours! If you do suffer injury because of someone else’s reckless actions, however, contact Lerner and Rowe right away; we’ll work with you on your personal injury case.
Know the Protocols
Losing control of your car can lead to serious disaster, and it’s likely that there are other floating cars just waiting to be crashed into. If you are stuck in a flood, however, there are some things you can do.
First, turn on your headlights, since the rain will reduce visibility. You want to see and be seen, as the saying goes. Then, reduce your speed. Furthermore, if your car starts floating, immediately exit the vehicle. You can leave through the window and climb onto the roof of your vehicle, to start, but you should ultimately try to seek higher ground.
Keep Emergency Supplies
If you know a storm or flood is coming your way, stay indoors, if possible. Make sure you unplug your electronic devices, and keep some emergency supplies ready for what’s to come. You should have sandbags prepared to absorb any water that enters your home.
Additionally, you should have an abundance of non-perishable food that doesn’t require cooking, as well as at least 3 gallons of water per member of your family (pets included). Don’t forget a first-aid kit, too! Also, keep light sources that don’t require electricity handy (consider glow sticks or battery operated flashlights), and be mindful of approaching debris making its way to your home; everything from car parts to furniture could find its way onto the streets of New Mexico.
Prepare for the Unexpected
Rain storms aren’t the only things to worry about during monsoon season. Because of the change in wind patterns, it’s not unusual for there to be heavy dust storms during the monsoon season in New Mexico. Even tornadoes could occur! Because of this, stay vigilant and on extra alert during the monsoon season in New Mexico.
Even the most bizarre things could occur. For example, mosquitos like to breed in still water, so make sure you drain any decorative vases/bowls after a heavy rain storm. Doing so will help reduce their numbers near your home.
Ultimately, in the event of dust storms, floods, or other emergencies, make sure you and your family are prepared and have a game plan ready to go. Go over the plan with them every few months, but make sure you’re extra-prepared during the monsoon season in New Mexico. Many things can go wrong, so if you do suffer a personal injury this monsoon season due to no fault of your own, give Lerner and Rowe a call.
Injured During Monsoon Season?
If you’ve suffered a personal injury in New Mexico due to someone else’s negligence, get in touch with Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys. Our professional legal team will work tirelessly for your compensation. You can visit us in our office Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Additionally, our phone lines are always available; give us a call at (505) 544-4444. Moreover, you can reach us online through our LiveChat feature or by filling out a contact form. Don’t keep your questions to yourself; call a Lerner and Rowe attorney today!
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