ATLANTA - Severe thunderstorms can be very unpredictable despite modern forecasting technics. The best thing to be is prepared and informed.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has put together a list of items every household should have to help minimize the risk of risk of injury and death.
Here are some items that you should have on hand:
- A battery-operated flashlight, a battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio, and extra batteries for both
- A weather app such as the FOX 5 Storm Team app
- A car charger for your cell phone
- An emergency evacuation plan, including a map of your home and, for every type of severe weather emergency, routes to safety from each room
- A list of important personal information, including
- telephone numbers of neighbors, family and friends
- insurance and property information
- telephone numbers of utility companies
- medical information
- A first aid kit may include
- non-latex gloves
- assortment of adhesive bandages
- antibiotic ointment
- sterile gauze pads in assorted sizes
- absorbent compress dressings
- adhesive cloth tape
- aspirin packets (81 mg each)
- first aid instruction booklet
- A 3–5 day supply of bottled water and nonperishable food
- Personal hygiene items
- Blankets or sleeping bags
- An emergency kit in your car
Prepare your family members for the possibility of severe weather:
- Tell them where to seek appropriate shelter as soon as they are aware of an approaching storm.
- Practice your emergency plan for every type of severe weather.
- Show family members where the emergency supplies are stored, and make sure they know how to turn off the water, gas, and electricity in your home.