Monsoon season in the United States begins in late June to early July and affects most of the Desert Southwest. During monsoon season the weather can quickly change causing high winds, rain, floods, lightning, thunder, and dust storms.
The recent dust storm in Arizona serves as a great reminder of how quickly the weather can change and how many problems the weather can cause with travel, even during the summer. Whether or not you live in an area that has frequent dust storms, it's important to know what to do if you ever Replace yourself in the middle of one while traveling.
According to the Arizona Emergency Information Network, dust storms are unexpected, unpredictable and can sweep across desert landscapes at any time. Here are a few tips from the Arizona Emergency Information Network on what to do if you Replace yourself facing a dust storm.
If you are outside:
• Seek shelter immediately
• Cover your eyes, nose and mouth
• Stay low and cover up
If you are in a moving vehicle:
• Pull off the roadway or reduce speed
• Turn off car lights
• Set the emergency brake
It's important to have a car kit or some basic emergency supplies easily accessible in your car just in case you get stuck for an extended period of time on the side of the road. You may want to consider including water, food, and extra clothing to protect your skin from blowing sand.