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Prepare Your Family for Severe Weather Emergencies

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While hurricane season is technically on hiatus until the late spring, this doesn’t mean the nation is protected from severe storms. Bomb cyclones, hailstorms, and rainstorms don’t have a season, and they can threaten your family and property at any time.

The key to reducing the impact of severe weather events lies in being prepared for them. This means having a plan, and the supplies necessary to keep you and your family and friends safe.

What to Do in the Event of Severe Weather

Each year, millions of people are affected by severe weather events that cause damage, lead to property loss, interrupting school and work and even cause injuries and death. These events might include hurricanes, flooding, tornadoes, hail, and even blizzards and ice storms. But how to prepare for these events?

Identify shelters. Ideally, you should always know the locations of nearby safe emergency shelter locations. If worrying weather is threatening, have a family “go back” with supplies you’ll need, including food, flashlights, batteries, charging packs for cell phones, extra clothing and books and toys for children. If ordered to evacuate, comply with the order. Know your route in advance and plan where to go and meet other family members or friends.

Make a shelter of your own. If you have space and the infrastructure, consider putting together a shelter on your property. Stock your emergency shelter with sleeping supplies such as blankets and tarps and ponchos and body warmers. Also include battery-powered light sources and extra batteries, a battery-powered radio, any medications family members might need, a first-aid kit and canned or dry food, plus a large amount of freshwater.

Keep your vehicle stocked with emergency supplies. While it’s nice to be able to stay in entirely during severe weather events, it’s not always possible. There may be emergencies, or you may be asked to evacuate. To avoid getting stranded in your car without the supplies you need to stay safe, consider putting an emergency kit in the vehicle with items such as flares, flashlights and batteries, blankets, non-perishable food, ponchos and a first-aid kit.

Ensure your emergency supplies are fresh and stocked. The last thing you want to do is find out that your supplies are incomplete or expired when you’re in the middle of an emergency. Take some time to do a stock-check on supplies at your home, office, storm shelter and vehicle.

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