Storm Chasing Safety and Preparedness
Storm chasing is a lot of fun, but can also be very dangerous! When we are out and chasing, there are also plenty of other people out too and that can present some dangers besides the storm itself.
Dan always does the driving and I'm the co-pilot navigating, reading the weather maps and keeping my eyes peeled for other dangers around us. Sometimes we see solo chasers chasing but not paying attention to their driving because they are watching the sky or worse, their phone/iPad.
We've invested in a cell booster and dash cam and keep our phones charged at all times!. Dan is a trained first responder and hopefully we never need it. We top up with gas regularly because you never know when something will be open if it gets late or you end up in the middle of nowhere!
I always have several days of my medications with me because you just never know if you're going to get stuck somewhere. Extra water and non-parishable food is also part of our go-bag. We've been out chasing in a tornado warned area and unable to get food or gas!
Some of the non-parishables are nuts, jerky, dried fruit, homemade granola bars - these are staples and we have this on hand always. Depending on where a chase is going to take us, I may prepare some food and pack a cooler - think brownies! Be careful of restrictions when crossing the border with fruit/veggies, dairy and meat!