Storms can arrive quickly with little notice but we know that in the spring, thunderstorms, tornadoes, hail and flooding are real possibilities. In part one of our series, we discussed preventative measures to take around your home before spring storms hit. Like with any other extreme weather event, you should have a storm safety plan and kit ready in advance. Part two of the series provides tips on creating an emergency plan of action for your family:
- Create an emergency evacuation or shelter plan and review it with your family. Include a map of your home that outlines, with comments, the safest areas to go in the house, based on the weather event.
- Show your family members where to find and how to turn off the water, gas and electricity in your home.
- Make a list and copies of important names and numbers that would be needed in an emergency including: family, neighbors, friends, insurance agent and medical contacts.
- Prepare a first aid kit including: non-latex gloves, an assortment of Band-Aids, antibiotic ointment, hydrogen peroxide, gauze pads, tweezers, scissors, cloth tape, and aspirin packets.
- Have a battery-operated flashlight and a weather radio in your home, foreseeing that you may lose power. The radio will keep you up-to-date on the storm and alert you when it is safe to leave your designated shelter area.
- Keep an emergency supply of water and food in your designated safe area. Show family members where the emergency supplies are stored.
Take the surprise factor out of severe weather with these safety preparedness tips. In our final blog of this series, we’ll discuss steps to take after a storm hits. For additional preparation tips, including ensuring you have adequate insurance coverage, contact a trusted AssuredPartners NL agent at (844) 507-2528.
Sources: CDC, American Red CrossShare This: