Windstorms, hurricanes, tornadoes, and wildfires are just a few examples of extreme weather events that occur throughout the United States on a regular basis. It is often difficult for even the experts to predict the impact and severity of these events. While the last thing anyone wants to think about is one of these events affecting them personally, it is very important to be prepared for a worst case scenario and have a plan in place. It is crucial to understand the area you live in and the potentially harmful events that could affect you and your community.
There is usually an alert broadcast notification of suspected severe weather. Pay attention to the news and if your area is predicted to be affected, plan accordingly. One of the largest and most common impacts on individuals and communities is a power failure. It’s smart to have a back-up generator and a supply of gas to power your home in the event power is lost for a significant amount of time and you are unable to travel.
There are some other basic steps you can take with your family to try and prepare as much as possible.
Make a plan and emergency kit with your family in the case of a severe weather event.
Have an emergency kit prepared and accessible. It should include:
No one can be fully ready for a catastrophic loss or evacuation, but being as prepared as possible can put you in a better position, and allow you to leave quickly if necessary. It is important to remember, safety is key. The health and survival of you and your family are more important than any material possessions.
What steps have you taken in your home to prepare for severe weather? Share what special preparations you’ve made for your family in the comments below.
Sources: FEMA (official website of the Department of Homeland Security).
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