In Spring and Summer we can expect a steady rise in temperatures, as well as the likelihood of extreme weather. There are three top weather hazards every family should watch out for during warmer months. This blog highlight those possible threats and how to prepare for them.
Regions – All of the U.S., particularly the Midwest states and the panhandle of Texas. Florida also experiences a high number of tornadoes each year.
Tornado Emergency Kit Supplies – The best way to be prepared for a tornado is by having a home emergency kit already put together. Your kit should include the following:
· Battery powered or hand crank flashlight
· Hand crank or battery operated radio
· First Aid Kit
· Glow Sticks
· Cell phone with chargers, preferably solar chargers
· Bottled water
· Cycle helmets or hard hats
· Heavy blankets and pillows
· Extra pair of glasses
· A few days’ worth of long shelf life food for each family member
· Tool kit with the basics or at least a pocket multi-tool
Safety Steps – When a tornado hits you may only have minutes or less to make critical decisions. It’s extremely important that you and your family have tornado practice drills regularly so that every family member knows what to do in case of an emergency.
A tornado can produce winds up to 300 miles per hour making even small, light objects dangerous projectiles. During a tornado, get in a structure whenever possible. The best places include:
· Storm shelters
· Interior room on the lowest level of the building
If you are in a mobile home or vehicle get to a structure as quickly as possible. Stay away from windows, doors and outside walls.
Regions – Gulf coast and east coast states are the most vulnerable, but as hurricane Sandy showed us last year even the northern most eastern seaboard states can be ravaged by a hurricane. It’s critical for all people in states along these coasts and just inland to be prepared for hurricanes.
Emergency Kit Supplies – Be better prepared with the following:
· 3 day supply of water for you and each family member
· 3 days of non-perishable foods for each family member
· Can opener
· Hand-crank or battery operated flashligh
· Hand-crank or battery operated radio
· First aid kit
· Waterproof matches
· Sanitation supplies such as toilet paper and garbage bags
· Cell phone with charger and any other communication devices
· Sturdy shoes
· Rain gear
Safety Steps – First and foremost, if an evacuation order has been given, evacuate as early as possible particularly if you live in a mobile home, high-rise or coastal property. If you are unable do evacuate keep yourself as safe as possible by:
· Boarding up windows
· Bringing outdoor objects indoors
· Fill the bathtub and jugs with water for use in the toilet, etc.
· Stay indoors away from windows and doors
· Take shelter in an interior room on the lowest level
· Secure the exterior door
Remember, hurricanes can spawn tornadoes so prepare accordingly using the above information.
Regions – Entire U.S., particularly the southwestern states of California, Arizona and New Mexico.
Emergency Kit Supplies – Your fire safety kit should include the following:
· Face masks
· Fire extinguisher
· First Aid Kit
· Sturdy pair of shoes
· Fire tools – shovel, rake, bucket, axe
· 3 days’ worth of clean drinking water for you and each family member
· Cell phone with charger
· Maps of the local area
· Copies of important documents and I.D.s
Safety Steps – No matter where you live you should prepare for fires by doing fire safety drills with your entire family. That way everyone knows exactly what to do in the event of a fire and your home has the best possibility of surviving. Fires can consume a home in minutes so preparation is critical.
If you have been ordered to evacuate do so immediately. Don’t delay leaving to pack bags. Grab your emergency kit if there isn’t one already in your car, take only important documents, lock your home and leave. As a part of your preparation map out evacuation routes that can be used in emergencies and take the one that leads you furthest away from the fire.
Being prepared for storms and fires can be life saving. Take precautions today to ensure you and your family can evacuate and react quickly by preparing an emergency kit, practicing safety drills and plotting out escape routes.