Although warmer weather can always be welcome as a respite from winter storms, it can also signal new environmental dangers that are on the way. Different regions face their own emergency concerns, and many of these can be seasonal in nature.
One of the prime issues that affects inland and coastal regions can be excessive spring rainfall. When this is combined with a late winter thaw the results can be:
• Flooding, including flash floods
• Mud slides
• Sink holes
• Washed out roadways
For many of these disasters that arrive with the spring, they can also be as temperamental as the weather itself. These hazardous conditions can be as likely to occur during an extended rain event as they are to happen several days later, when the weather appears to be pleasant. Much of this is due to how the ground absorbs water, and how close to the surface the water table already is. As a result, an excursion on a warm day could easily end in disaster. This also means that staying safe should extend to all aspects of life, whether it is in the home or on the road. While enjoying the warm weather outdoors should be encouraged, awareness and emergency preparedness is also a part of the equation.