Are you prepared?
Each year, people in the United States are killed or injured by any number of severe weather. That includes storms that had advanced warning. And while 2014 was a relatively quiet storm season compared to past years, it’s even more crucial to take advantage now and get prepared for a disaster that could strike at any moment.
In recognition of National Severe Weather Preparedness Week-a week dedicated to highlighting the importance of being prepared for severe weather-we hope to inspire you to gather the family and put together an emergency plan. Preparing for severe weather does not have to be complicated or even expensive and it could mean the survival of you and your loved ones.
The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) crews are constantly monitoring potential weather disasters and are ready to serve immediately. They also strongly encourage disaster preparedness.
This is a great time to get the family together and get started on your emergency plan. To help you get started, here a few basic tips courtesy of Ready. gov on how to prepare a basic disaster kit:
- Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
- Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Manual can opener for food
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
And don’t forget items for your pets!
- Pack extra pet food and water for 3-5 days
- Medication and medical records and a first aid kit
- Sturdy leash or harnessFor more information or tips on how to better prepare your family for an emergency, check out The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services