Weather Event/Natural Disaster Preparedness

Posted by Colleen

Right now there are many weather events happening across the United States as well as in other countries. BE PREPARED!
Depending on what type of event is happening there are things you can do to prepare and have items on hand. Here is a short guide but you can find information by going to your states website for an informational list of things you can do to prepare for a natural disaster.

1. Identify potential natural disaster hazards in your home
Look for items that may fall, topple or slide. Secure potentially hazardous or valuable items in your home.

2. Create a disaster preparedness plan
Plan to be safe before, during and after the disaster.
Before – Identify an out-of-area contact person to call to relay information to other family members and have a safe meet up place planned if needed. Make copies of important documents and keep in a water/fire proof container. Have flashlights and batteries on hand, know how to use a fire extinguisher, have medications on hand, add “NOAA Weather Radar and Alerts” app to your smartphone.
During – Look for safe spots in your home to stay, protect yourself from weather conditions.
After – Shut off utilities if needed, call for help if needed and get to a safe location if needed.

3. Prepare event supply kit
Personal – medications, contact information, first aide kit, emergency cash, change of clothing, gloves and mask, eye glasses, blanket and sturdy shoes in case you need to walk some where.
Household- water (1 gal/per day/per person), canned foods and can opener, propane or charcoal for out door cooking, matches, and any special diet foods if needed.
Automobile – Full tank of gas, shovel, chains, jumper cable, emergency radio and blankets.

4. Scenarios
Flooding – listen to the radio or other communication device, move to higher ground if possibility of flash flooding, watch for down power lines, do not drive in flooded areas.
Winter storms/extreme cold – listen for updates about the weather, have rock salt, kitty liter or sand to help melt and get traction on ice, eat and drink regularly, watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia, have a heat source if possible even candles can be used for a heat source.
Earthquake – listen to the radio or other communication device, take cover under something sturdy until shaking stops, and stay away from glass or objects that may fall on you, stay indoors if possible until shaking stops. If you are outdoors move away from buildings, streetlights and utility wires.
If you are in a moving vehicle stop as quickly as safety permits and stay in the vehicle, avoid stopping near or under buildings, trees, overpasses and utility wires.
In your home keep an extra supply of food on hand, canned food, snacks and boxed food, water and any special foods that a person may need because of any health condition and keep your cell phone charged.

 

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