Disaster Preparedness - Storm

Storms can produce high winds, heavy rainfall, hail, lightning, and even tornadoes. Print these tips from the Red Cross, FEMA, emergency workers, police officers, firefighters and others to help you prepare for severe weather.

- Thunderstorm Emergency Plan
- Your Home and Property
- Your Home Inventory

- When a Watch/Warning Is Issued
- Additional Information

Thunderstorm Emergency Plan

Plan ahead.

1.       Print copies of the Emergency Contact List and keep them by your phones for easy access.

2.       Learn thunderstorm warning signs and your community's alert signals by calling the mayor's office. Each city has its own criteria for sounding alarms.

3.       Have a "safe place" in your home where family members can gather during a storm.

o        The location should be on the lowest floor of the building, and have no windows, skylights or glass doors, which could be broken by strong winds or hail, causing damage or injury.

4.       Ask an out-of-state friend to be your "family contact." After a disaster, it's often easier to call long distance.

5.       Know the emergency response plan for your workplace, your children's school or day-care center, as well as other places where your family spends time.

6.       Plan in advance where to go if you are asked to evacuate your home. Take some time to really think about it; consider more than one option such as a relative's home, a hotel, or a shelter.

7.       Know where emergency shelters are located. Contact your local emergency management office or American Red Cross for information on designated public shelters.

8.       Meet with neighbors either informally or through a neighborhood group to create a neighborhood preparedness plan.

9.       Make a note of neighbors or nearby relatives who may require extra assistance. Write down their names and phone numbers, if you don't have them already. Keep this list with your emergency kit or your emergency contact list.

10.   Always have extra cash on hand (at least $100 or so) because ATMs and credit card machines won't work if there is no electricity.

TIP: Print

Print and put this page in your Home Disaster Preparedness Kit. Also read Floods and Tornadoes, since both may accompany a thunderstorm.

TIP: NOAA Weather Radio.

Protect yourself and your family as you sleep. If there is a severe warning in your area, at any time of day, the NOAA Weather Radio will automatically turn on and alert you with beeps and sirens. It will even alert you if the power is out because they have battery back-up. Look for NOAA radios with the "SAME" feature (Specific Area Message Encoding) which means the receiver is capable of turning itself on from a silent mode.

First Aid

1.       Prepare a readily available and fully stocked Home Disaster Preparedness Kit

TIP: Disaster Kit Drill

Choose a night when all of your family is at home. Turn off the TV and lights, donít use the faucets, fridge or the stove. Check and see what items might be missing (special needs for family members, entertainment items, can opener, etc.). Make a list and add these items to your kit.

2.       Have a Car Emergency Kit. Include water, first aid, and a way to signal need for help, flashlight & batteries, warm blankets, a shovel, and a battery-operated radio.

TIP: Batteries.

Don't use high end batteries (lithium, ultra, etc.) for flashlights. Too much power will burn out the flashlight's bulb.