Severe Weather Awareness Week: Preparing your family for the storm

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This week we’ve focused on the different types of severe weather and how to be alerted about severe weather warnings or watches. But do you know how to really be prepared? 

It is crucial to prepare for severe storms BEFORE they arrive! When the weather is quiet is when you should star preparing.

Here are a few things you really need to know:

1) Where do you live? We mean… where do you live on a map? Do you know what county you live in? It very well could be on the license plate on your car! On a map, do you know where that county is located? How close are you to nearby interstates or highways? Which highway runs closest to you? What is the nearest big town or city? 

2) You need to make an emergency kit. Have a centralized spot for all of these things, in case you lose power or sustatin damage to your home.

– Water (one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days)
– Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
– Manual can opener for food
– Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA weather radio
– Flashlight
– First aid kit
– Extra batteries
– Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
– Shoes (so you don’t cut your feet if you have to walk across debris- Medicine, including prescription and over-the-counter
– Glasses and contact lens solution
– Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream
– Pet food and extra water
– Cash
– Important documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
– Complete change of clothing
– Fire extinguisher
– Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
– Paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils

That seems like a lot, but it can really help you out in a time of need! 

3) Make sure you know where to go in the event of severe weather. Our previous articles have talked about the best places to seek shelter. Refer to those spots so you know the safest spot in your buildings when severe weather strikes.

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