Millions of residents stared into their dark house as electricity failed after the recent storms in the Eastern part of the U.S. After only a few hours without electricity food spoils and modern electronics quickly die. This creates a state of panic. Preparation is the key to staying safe before a storm has passed. Here are some suggestions to help you and your family remain safe.
Clear your storm drains. Unclog gutters using a rake, broom or shovel so water cannot accumulate and flood.
- Prevent mudflows and landslides, if you live on a soil slope, by punching straw into the soil with a shovel or tying burlap down with stakes.
- Store water and food and prepare an emergency kit that includes cash, first aid kit, portable radio, flashlight with extra batteries, and a jacket or blanket.
- Keep waterproofing and emergency building materials readily available, such as sandbags, plastic sheeting and lumber.
- Be ready to gather personal belongings and leave immediately. Keep car fueled and store important documents and valuables in a safety deposit box.
- Map a route for traveling safely from your home, school or work to higher ground.
- Consider purchasing storm insurance if you are not already covered.
In order to be fully prepared, buy emergency supplies before an emergency happens. Many power outages are short-lived, but some may last days. Here are some things to consider for a long-term outage. Start your checklist now.
- Candles, minimum four to five dozen
- Candle stick holders
- Matches and disposable lighters
- Battery-powered space heater
- Flashlights and extra batteries
- Canned goods and dry food mixes. Check a camping store for food supplies
- Water and juices
- Extension cords, long enough to reach your neighbor’s house
- Hand tools such as hammer, screwdriver and wood saw
- Seasoned firewood
- Water repellent tarps
- Portable radio
- Plastic Sheeting
- Extra blankets.
- Paper plates, cups and plastic utensils
- First-aid kit
- Fire Extinguisher
- Food items including canned goods and MRE’s (meals ready to eat)
Storms are inevitable and they can roll-in at the blink of an eye. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Staying prepared and educated on safety tips is crucial.
We would love to hear from you. Please share your storm readiness routine with us.
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This post was written by Brittney Pistor.