Preparing ahead of time for a Storm
There are several things that can be done to prepare ahead of time for a storm. The American Red Cross has put together a comprehensive list of how to best prepare for storms ahead. Below you will find the list of things they recommend everyone should do. You can also visit their website to learn more about their Thunderstorm Safety Checklist at redcross.org
- Learn about your local community’s emergency warning system for severe thunderstorms.
- Discuss thunderstorm safety with all members of your household.
- Pick a safe place in your home for household members to gather during a thunderstorm. This should be away from windows, skylights and glass doors that could be broken by strong winds.
- Make a list of items to bring inside in the event of a severe thunderstorm.
- Make trees and shrubbery more wind resistant by keeping them trimmed and removing damaged branches.
- Protect your animals by ensuring that any outside buildings that house them are protected in the same way as your home.
- Consult your local fire department if you are considering installing lightning rods.
- Get trained in first aid and learn how to respond to emergencies.
- Put together an emergency preparedness kit:
- Water – one gallon per person, per day
- Food – Non-perishable, easy to prepare
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
- Extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Medications (7-day supply)
- Multi-purpose tool
- Sanitation and personal hygiene items
- Copies of personal documents
- Cell phone with chargers
- Family and emergency contact information
- Extra cash