Preparedness Tips  for Inclement Weather:

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Have a family meeting- Involve everyone in the household in the preparation of a disaster plan. Discuss the types of disasters that can affect you and your home. Ensure that everyone knows the difference between weather watches and warnings. Write down solutions for each kind of emergency. Plan how to care for your pets following a disaster.

Develop a family escape and/or shelter plan– Draw an overhead floor plan view of your home. Determine two escape routes per room. Teach children how to open windows and screens.

Pick a meeting place outside of the home (a large tree or neighbor’s yard) in case of a sudden emergency, like a fire. Determine where to shelter during a tornado (in a basement, centralized closet or bathroom).

Practice your plan– Even the best plan is ineffective unless it has been practiced. Conduct fire drills. Activate smoke detectors when the household is asleep. Conduct tornado drills. Practice how to protect yourself and others during severe storms.

Organize your disaster preparedness kit– No matter the incident, your kit should have enough supplies to sustain every member of your household for three days.

Supplies for the home:

  • NOAA weather radio
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • Nonperishable foods
  • Bottled water and juices
  • Manual can opener
  • First aid kit
  • Prescription drugs
  • Sleeping bags
  • Important family documents
  • Cash/credit cards
  • Important phone numbers

Supplies for the car:

  • Fire extinguisher
  • Tools
  • First aid kit
  • Sleeping bags or blankets
  • Bottled water
  • High-energy snacks
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • Battery-operated radio
  • Cell phone
  • Cash/credit cards.

Special needs: If you are a person with special needs, register your name and address with your local emergency management agency, police and/or fire departments before any natural or man-made disaster occurs.

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