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Storm Safety

1. Create a Family Emergency Plan.

  • Discuss with your family the need to prepare for disaster.
  • Discuss the types of disasters that are most likely to occur, (fire, thunderstorms, lightning, tornadoes), and how to respond.
  • Create two different routes to get out of your house in case you must leave.
  • Establish a meeting place inside and outside of your home.
  • Make sure you have a contact who does not live with you. This should be the person everyone contacts in an emergency to let them know where you are and if you are alright.
  • Have children memorize important family information. This should include at least family name, phone number and address.

2. Create a Checklist and Keep It Updated.

  • Post emergency phone numbers next to phones.
  • Teach children how and when to call 911.
  • Teach family members how to use a fire extinguisher. Check it each year.
  • Install smoke detectors on each level and near bedrooms. Test and change batteries once a year.
  • Learn basic first aid.
  • Replace stored water and food in emergency supply kit every 6 months.
  • Make sure you have a corded phone, cordless phones will not work without electricity.

3. Don't Forget Your Pets.

  • All pets should wear a collar with its up-to-date identification tags.
  • You should also create an emergency supply kit for your pet.
  • Food: Same as for a person, at least a three-day supply in an airtight container.
  • You will need a least three days worth of water just for your pets.
  • Medicines and medical records stored in a water proof container.
  • A first aid kit and reference book.
  • Backup leashes for all pets.
  • Pet carrier.
  • Sanitation items. This includes pet litter, litter box, trash bags, and chlorine bleach.
  • Picture of you and your pet.
  • Familiar pet toys to reduce the stress on your pet.

Source Federal Emergency Management Agency.