Are You Ready for the Next Storm

Be Prepared with a Stocked Disaster Ready Kit.
DIANE COOPER
Having a Disaster Readiness kit is a key component to your preparedness for when you have a weather emergency.  You want to be proactive and assemble your kit well before the next disaster strikes. Do not wait until warnings are issued or the tornado sirens sound. You also want to consider all types of weather including hurricanes, tornadoes, snow and ice storms when collecting elements for your kit and have a kit in your vehicles.

 

“Have a Disaster Preparedness kit BEFORE the next disaster strikes.”

What to include?

Below is a list of items to consider for in your Readiness kit. Depending on your personal situation you may need to add items.  Also if you have children, you will need to change items as they grow. We have found that a plastic bin is a great way to store your kit, especially if you have an outdoor shelter (they keep the bugs and spiders out.)

General Items

  • Water – one gallon per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food – 3 day supply of non-perishable food.
  • Bowels, cups, utensils
  • Manuel can opener.
  • Flashlight/lantern with extra batteries
  • Battery powered or hand crank Radio
  • Whistle and/or a hammer to signal for help
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Paper towels
  • Cell phone with chargers, Battery operated or solar powered
  • Extra cash
  • Bike helmets for head protection.
  • Blankets (even in the summer.)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Gardening gloves – protect your hands from debris

Personal Items

  • Long pants, shirt, underwear, socks, sturdy shoes (no sandals…you want to protect your feet from debris, nails, broken glass, etc.)
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Daily medications
  • Spare eyeglasses

For Your Pets

  • Food
  • Water
  • bowels
  • Leash and Collar
  • A toy to calm/occupy them
  • Daily medications

Specific for Winter

  • Extra blankets
  • Clothing layers
  • Additional heat sources.
  • Ice melt

Additional Items to Have in your Vehicle

  • Small shovel
  • Cat litter (for traction on snow and ice as well as extra and weight)
  • Cinderblocks over back tires – extra weight helps traction.
  • Let family/friends know of your route and send updates on a routine basis.
  • A blanket per passenger
  • Emergency Flare

 

WxIntegrations CEO Diane Cooper shares what she has in her Disaster Safety Kit.  

The Ready.gov website has some additional great information listed in their Readiness Kit including ideas for special situations, if you have young children, etc.  In addition, many stores and websites offer a Disaster Safety kit that provides a good start but you will also need to add personal items.

How Often Should I Check My Kit?

Some of the items including food, water, batteries, and medicines have an expiration. So you will want to double check your kit at least once a year to ensure everything is fresh.

Also, do you need new copies of insurance policies, do you have a new family member including a pet?

 

Other Items to Consider

In addition to a readiness kit, does your family have a plan?  If you are not at home when the disaster hits, do you have a common meeting location?  Do you have enough insurance for your personal property and home to cover the cost to rebuild? Remember Flood insurance is a separate policy and many states earthquakes and even hurricanes may be separate policies or riders.  Have you recently taken an inventory/pictures/video of your home to help with insurance claims?

Some other miscellaneous suggestions include:

  • Consider keeping a copy of your driver’s license, credit cards and other important documents in your safety kit or a safe deposit box or somewhere where you can access.
  • If you tend to lose power on occasion you might consider a generator  (Caution: never run a generator indoors or a closed garage.)
  • If you have a storm shelter, have you registered with your local fire or police department? 
  • If you have a grill, supply of charcoal or propane for grills for an alternate cooking source.

 

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