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Weather can be unpredictable - but you can be prepared

April 12, 2019 1:36 PM | Anonymous

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. 

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