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Be Weather Aware: Understand Tornado Season

Tornado season typically runs from spring to early summer in the United States, peaking in April, May, and June. During this time, atmospheric conditions are ripe for the formation of tornadoes, powerful rotating columns of air that can cause significant damage in their path.

Identifying Tornado Risks at Home

  1. Create a Safety Plan: Designate a safe room in your home, preferably in a basement or an interior room on the lowest level without windows. Practice regular tornado drills with your family.
  2. Strengthen Your Home: Reinforce your home’s structure by securing loose shingles, reinforcing windows, and installing storm shutters or impact-resistant glass.
  3. Stay Informed: Invest in a NOAA weather radio or download a reliable weather app to receive alerts and updates about tornado warnings in your area.
  4. Have a safe place by the door or common area, so that you always remember to grab your wallet, purse, etc. Incase of catastrophic damage, it is always important to have identification, a credit card, some cash and a list of phone numbers that are your primary emergency contacts in case your mobile phone is ruined.

Tornado Safety Tips While Traveling or Camping

Traveling or camping during tornado season requires extra vigilance to ensure your safety in case of severe weather.

Camping Safety Tips

  • Upon checking in, ask the camp host for the EMERGENCY weather storm shelter is located!
  1. Choose the Right Campsite: Select a campsite away from trees and other potential hazards that could become projectiles in high winds. Avoid setting up camp in low-lying areas prone to flooding.
  2. Monitor Weather Conditions: Stay informed about weather forecasts and be prepared to seek shelter in a sturdy building or designated storm shelter if severe weather threatens.
  3. Pack Emergency Supplies: Pack essential emergency supplies, including a first aid kit, non-perishable food, water, flashlights, and extra batteries. Consider bringing a portable weather radio or a fully charged smartphone with a weather app for updates.

Safety Tips for Travelers

  1. Plan Ahead: Check weather forecasts for your travel route and destination before hitting the road. Be prepared to alter your plans if severe weather is expected.
  2. Stay Informed: Keep abreast of weather updates during your journey by tuning into local radio stations or using a weather app on your smartphone.
  3. Have a Shelter Plan: Identify shelters along your route or at your destination where you can seek refuge in case of a tornado warning. If you’re staying in a hotel, familiarize yourself with the hotel’s emergency procedures.

Father’s Day Gifts & Trips

If your idea of a Father’s Day weekend is cleaning up the yard, mowing and fixing the long overdue hole in the backyard fence. Then you are wrong. Why should the weekend not be celebrated like others such as Mother’s Day? 

Father’s Day Gifts & Trip Ideas To Plan Now

Now there are lots of gifts out there from the Tees to the Coffee Cups that say “World’s Greatest Dad”; but my suggestion is to stay away from the typical gifts and go for something more memorable.

Take The Time, Make The Memories

  1. Plan A Weekend Fishing Trip. Early summer fishing is often the best! 
  2. Purchase a Guided Fishing Trip as a Gift for a later date.
  3. Campout with the whole family! If your dad is a bit older, than book him in a cabin but be sure to bring along all who can make it.
  4. Golfing with the Guys or pitting family member teams against one another. Nothing wrong with some friendly family competition.
  5. Brewery Tour. Plan an afternoon of touring the local Breweries, Distilleries or Wineries in your area. Often there’s live music outside, making for a fun day!
  6. Geocaching. If you’ve not tried, you need to! It’s an adult version of a scavenger hunt. What kid or guy doesn’t like to “hunt” for something!?
  7. Build a project together. Think about if there’s something you’ve been wanting your dad’s help with or he has been wanting yours. The time spent together focused on that task, creating something you’ll be proud of for years to come is rewarding too.

Father’s Day or Guy Gifts To Buy

1. Hawaiian Shirts! Personalize or customize with family photos, favorite cows or pets.

2. Infused Wood Chips for BBQ Smoking. These are great for the BBQ cooks in the family!

3. Battery operated yard tools. Technology has come a long way with increasing power in the tools as well as the longevity in battery length. Today you can trim weeds, use power drills, hack saws and even chain saws all with the same battery. There are even battery operated power washers. Batteries alone are a great gift, just make sure you know the brand of tools the recipient is using so that they all match in chargers and batteries.



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Jeff ‘Tigger’ Erhardt & Rebecca ‘BEC’ Wanner are News Broadcasters that represent the Working Ranch world, Rodeo, and the Western Way of Life as well as advocate for the Outdoors and Wildlife Conservation.

Outdoorsmen themselves, this duo strives to provide the hunter, adventurer, cowboy, cowgirl, rancher and/or successful farmer, and anyone interested in agriculture with the knowledge, education, and tools needed to bring high-quality beef and the wild game harvested to your table for dinner. They understand the importance in sharing meals with family, cooking the fruits of our labor and fish from our adventures, and learning to understand the importance of making memories in the outdoors. Appreciate God’s Country.

United together, this duo offers a glimpse into and speaks about what life truly is like at the end of dirt roads and off the beaten path.

Tigger & BEC look forward to hearing from you, answering your questions and sharing in the journey of making your life a success story. Adventure Awaits Around The Bend.

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