So what did you discover when you looked at your family’s needs? Think through your plans. Where is your safe place in your home? Interior room with no windows is the best.
Talk with your family about what to do and where to go when a storm appears. Even if the storm is not a hurricane, winds can get very high in severe thunder storms as well as winter storms. So your safe place will come in handy. Let the kids get involved so they will know what to do and not feel so frightened.
Emergency kits need to have non-perishable food for 7 days or so, hand operated can opener, water for 7 days which is 1 gallon per person per day, medication needed for several weeks, cash since ATM’s may not work, clothing for several days, toiletries and hygiene items, diapers and such for baby, crank flashlights, battery powered lights, battery powered radios, blankets, pillows, first aid materials, important documents in a waterproof container; small hand tools with nails, screws, pliers, rope, tarps, plastic buckets, cell phones with extra charged batteries, regular plug in phone(non electric), camera for documenting damage immediately, games and books to keep everyone engaged and out of harm’s way. Don’t forget your pets, have food and water for them along with carriers, proper ID tags on their collars, and their immunization records. Make certain your vehicles have full fuel tanks.
Does your home have large windows that are not protected by storm shutters? If so, do they work? Steel, wood, fiberglass and more can protect your windows from flying debris. And in high winds anything can fly into your home. So protect your windows and doors. So purchase what you need now, practice on the windows then store the shutters away for quick access. Be safe on the ladders!
Is your home in a flood plain? Do you have flood insurance? Normal household insurance does not pay for flooding. Is it possible to have flooding from unexpected areas due to heavy rains?
How much stuff is in the yard or on a porch? Where are you going to store that stuff during the storm? Have your trees been trimmed and thinned recently? Did you know that if two people can pick up something, so can the winds from strong storms! So look around the yard, porches, patios and the neighbors. Flying debris does not know that it did not come from your yard!
More to come next post!