Keep A Weather Radio Nearby
Weather radios can be set to go off whenever a watch or warning is issued by the National Weather Service, especially during storm season, so they can even wake you up in the middle of the night to make you aware of dangerous weather conditions that are developing near you. You should listen to the warnings because you never know when your home might receive storm damage and put your family at risk.
Most of these radios can be plugged into the wall, but make sure there are backup batteries installed in the radio so it will continue working even if a storm knocks out your power. Keep extra batteries on hand too, in case the power goes out and you discover that the batteries in the radio have already depleted over time.
Create An Emergency Supply Kit For Storm Season
Your emergency supply kit will vary in size depending on the size of your family, but at a minimum, it should include:
- A flashlight with fresh, unopened batteries for each person
- Enough non-perishable foods for each person to last for several days
- One gallon of water per person per day you plan to use the emergency kit
- A well-stocked First Aid Kit see this thorough guide by the Red Cross for items to include
Keep all of these items where you can easily get to them during an emergency, and keep them in a plastic container stored in a dry, cool place.
You should also replace the water in your kit and inspect it for missing items every few months, and you may want to write reminders on your calendar or set up a recurring one on your phone so you don’t forget to keep the kit fresh and well-stocked.
Create A Disaster Plan With Your Family In Case Of Storm Damage
Don’t count on anyone else to come to your rescue if you’re unprepared when the weather turns dangerous. It’s your responsibility to know how to plan for severe weather and execute that plan when it hits.
The Red Cross has a whole page dedicated to creating your own disaster plan for, and with, your family. You can visit that page here to print out everything you need and help everyone understand exactly what their responsibilities will be during an emergency.