We all know that predicting the weather is impossible. Even if we can't anticipate every weather related occurrence, we can still be prepared for a weather related situation, here's how:
Prepare for a natural disaster
- Sign up for severe weather alerts in your area.
- Program emergency numbers into your phone.
- Decide on a meeting place for your family to gather.
- Plan escape routes from your home and neighborhood. Remember, roads could be blocked in large-scale disasters – so have at least one alternate route.
- Be sure all adult and teenage family members know how to shut off gas, electric and water lines if there's a leak or electrical short. Keep the tools close by.
- Consider cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid training.
- Remember your pets. Bring dogs and cats inside during a catastrophe, and make sure they have ID tags.
Create an emergency kit
Having an emergency kit on hand may help you keep your family safe during a disaster. Keep emergency supplies in a large waterproof container near a door or in your garage, so you can grab it and find shelter quickly.
Good items for a disaster kit:
- A three-day supply of drinking water (one gallon per person, per day)
- Nonperishable food, such as canned fruit and protein bars
- Manual can opener
- Flashlights or portable lanterns, and extra batteries
- Dry clothing and blankets
- First aid kit, with waterproof matches
- A crank- or battery-powered radio
- Sanitation supplies: toilet paper, moist towelettes, soap, trash bags and disinfectant
Depending on your situation, a kit could also include:
- Baby food, bottles and diapers
- Pet food
- Prescription medications
- Extra eyeglasses or contact lens solution
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
Thanks to our Emergency Preparedness Committee for suggesting these announcements.