Severe weather of any type and numerous manmade disasters (train derailment, industrial explosion, etc.) can lead to loss of electricity and other utilities and potentially the need to evacuate. In a large disaster it could be quite some time before rescue workers can get to you. It is important that everyone is prepared well before the storm strikes. Whether you are sheltering in your home or evacuating to another location you should have enough supplies on hand to last you and your family at least three days.
5 Things You Need to Do Today
Know how to turn off electricity, gas and water if authorities advise you to do so. (Remember, you'll need a professional to turn them back on.)
Predetermine specifically where you will evacuate to should the need arise. A friend or family member's home in another town is an ideal first choice. Make sure your hosts know of your plan. It is also a good idea to have a backup location or two.
Have a person well outside of the region designated to serve as the contact point for your friends and family to call for updates. Make sure everyone important to you knows who your designated contact is.
Put all important documents, photo ID’s, and family photos not on display in a water tight container that you can grab and take with you at a moments notice.
Start building your emergency kit
Items to Include In Your Emergency Kit
First aid supplies and a book on emergency first aid
Diapers and formula for infants
Special items for elderly or disabled family members.
Spare eye glasses and sunglasses.
At least two gallons of water per person, per day. Three day minimum supply.
Non-perishable food – MREs are great and very convenient but canned food is more than adequate. Don’t forget the can opener.
Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – Nine parts water to one part bleach can be used as a disinfectant. In an emergency, 16 drops of bleach per gallon of water to treat water for other uses. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
Cash – If the power is out ATMs and credit card machines won’t work.
Matches in a waterproof containers
Toilet paper, soap, baby wipes, feminine supplies and other hygiene products.
Camp stove and fuel, cooking and eating utensils.
Duct tape, tarp, rope, pliers, hammer and nails, general tools, jumper cables, whistle, garbage bags, zip ties, dust masks.
Protective clothing, rainwear, and bedding or sleeping bags.
Battery-powered radio, flashlight, and extra batteries.
Pet food (and water), pet supplies including leashes and crates or kennels.
Paper and pencil
Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children