By Daniel Francis, CEO of D911 Inc.
KEEP IT SIMPLE!
Emergency managers and experts on severe storms highly recommend that you have a severe storm survival plan, guide and a shopping list of supplies to be ready for springtime severe weather. Here are some tips and items to consider.
Severe Storm Survival Guide:
First, Download the D911 Disaster Response Mobile App. Here you can get help or offer help to your neighbors. 74% of first responders in a disaster are citizens helping each other. Having the D911 App ready to go is important!
Stay informed: Keep an eye on local weather forecasts and stay informed about potential severe weather. Listen to weather alerts and heed any warnings from local authorities.
Have an emergency plan: Make sure you have an emergency plan in place for you and your family. Discuss where you will go and what you will do in case of severe weather.
Prepare your home: Check your home for any potential hazards and secure any loose items. If possible, reinforce doors and windows with storm shutters or boards.
Evacuation plan: If you live in a low-lying area, consider developing an evacuation plan and keep important documents such as identification, insurance policies, and personal records in a waterproof container.
Prepare an emergency kit: Make sure you have an emergency kit stocked with essential supplies that can last for several days. This kit should include:
Shopping List of Supplies:
Note: You can buy many of these supplies on the D911 App from the Supply Store. There are many non-perishable, shelf-stable foods, supplies, and gear for you to stock and be prepared for a severe weather event.
Non-perishable food: Canned goods, energy bars, and other non-perishable foods that don't require refrigeration or cooking.
Water: At least one gallon of water per person per day.
First-aid kit: Bandages, gauze, disinfectant, and other essential items.
Flashlights: With extra batteries.
Blankets: For warmth in case of power outages.
Personal hygiene items: Such as toilet paper, soap, and toothpaste.
Cash: In case of power outages or ATM unavailability.
Radio: A battery-powered or hand-cranked radio to stay informed of weather conditions and updates.
Multi-purpose tool: Such as a Swiss Army knife or Leatherman.
Warm clothing: Such as jackets, hats, and gloves.
Remember, being prepared for springtime severe weather is essential for your safety and survival. By following these tips and having the necessary supplies, you can increase your chances of staying safe and weathering any storms that come your way.
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