Does your family have a severe weather safety kit prepared in case of emergency? Through tornado seasons, flood season, or the winter months, it’s wise to have supplies and a plan prepared if worst comes to worst. This means discussing severe weather safety with everyone in the household and having a plan in place. As part of emergency preparedness, you should pack a weather safety kit, so you aren’t searching for important items in an emergency.
Pack enough supplies to last at least 72 hours, including:
- Water – one gallon per person, per day
- Food – at least three days’ worth of non-perishables, plus paper plates, plastic utensils and a can opener, if needed
- Radios – battery-powered radio and weather radio, plus extra batteries
- Flashlights – it’s a good idea to have more than one flashlight, along with extra batteries
- Plastic sheeting and duct tape – in case you need to create shelter
- First aid kit – this should include bandages, sterilizing pads/iodine and gauze, as well as basic medications like ibuprofen, aspirin, Benadryl and tums. You’ll also want to include dust masks to help filter the air.
- Personal necessities – personal hygiene supplies, medications and other needs specific to your family
- Pet supplies – if you have furry friends, include the food and supplies that they need as well!
- Basic tools – make sure to have a wrench or pliers, in case you need to turn off utilities, and some heavy duty work gloves
- Camping supplies – tent, compass and matches in a waterproof container
- Cleaning supplies – paper towels, garbage bags, moist towelettes, plastic ties, disinfectant and bleach
- Cash or traveler’s checks
- Clothing – a complete change of clothing for each person, including warm outerwear, rain gear and sturdy shoes. Make sure to update your clothing to meet the needs of growing kids.
- Bedding – one sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
- Cell phone – you’ll also want a whistle or horn, to signal for help
- Family documents – pack copies of your birth certificates, marriage licenses and other important documents in a waterproof container inside your kit.
Everyone in the family should know where the safety kit is stored, and you may even want to have multiple kits stored throughout your home. Additionally, you may want to build alternate safety kits to keep in the trunk of your car or in your desk at work. It’s best to be prepared, so review your family safety plan and teach your kids what to do in case of a fire, storm or other emergency. If family members are prepared, they’re much more likely to be calm and safe during a crisis!
Another tip to remember during the winter months is to be sure to monitor the weather and road conditions. Keep an eye out for icy roads and ensure you reduce your speed when driving, wear your seatbelt and go easy on the brakes. The best way to avoid an accident on an icy road is to simply stay off the roads until the risk subsides.
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