Prepare now: What do you need to stay safe during severe storms?

- 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
    • tweezers
    • scissors
    • adhesive cloth tape
    • aspirin packets (81 mg each)
    • first aid instruction booklet

Learn more about how to customize your first aid kit from the Red Cross by clicking here

  • 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.

Click here for more from the CDC


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