Preparing for the next big storm is critical, no matter the season. It is common for tornadoes, hurricanes, and thunderstorms to make their way across the country during this time of year. No matter where you live, be prepared for what might be coming your way. Follow these steps before the storm hits so you may be prepared during and after the event.
Food and Water
Both food and water are critical for survival. Make sure that you have enough for each member of your home for at least 72 hours. Put the foods in your food storage that can last for an extended period of time, especially canned food. Make sure that you have a can opener to access the food in your time of need.
Kids often have a hard time in the face of disaster, make sure you prepare them beforehand for what could happen. For kids of all ages, the prospect of disaster can be frightening. Instead of dwelling on the potential damage, have activities ready to entertain them whether that is coloring materials, or just telling stories. Make sure you have the right supplies to keep your children safe in disaster situations.
Those who have existing health conditions should be aware of their medical supplies, and what they will need in the face of a storm. During a major disaster, it may be difficult to have access to the things you need as supplies could be limited. Take matters into your own hands by ensuring you have at least a weeks supply of any medications you need. This also applies to baby essentials such as formula and diapers.
In case of a major storm, it can be very likely that power will be disrupted for an unpredictable amount of time. While during the day this may be ok, at night you don’t want to be stuck in the dark. Buy enough candles, flashlights, and batteries to keep your home lit even if there isn’t any power there. If you do light candles, make sure you have a safe place to do so, preventing fires.
Make a Go Bag
Disasters hit when we are often least expecting it. Rather than scrambling at the last second, have a go bag ready at a moments notice. This should include water, food, medical supplies, extra clothes, a bit of cash, and anything else you might need for an extended period of time.
There are many preparations that can be made in the face of disaster, these five are some of the most important. Keep your family safe from the storm that may be headed your way by making any necessary preparations beforehand. This will make a huge difference when tragedy strikes, giving you the tools you need to come out on top.