Is Your Family & Home Prepared for Severe Weather?

Are-You-PreparedIs your home and family prepared for handling severe weather? In recognition of Severe Weather Awareness week in Georgia, February 6-10, we have put together a few basic tips from the Red Cross to get you started in your preparation.

It’s important to prepare for possible disasters and other emergencies. Natural and human-caused disasters can strike suddenly, at any time and anywhere. There are three actions everyone can take that can help make a difference… Get a kit. Make a plan. Be informed.

Be Red Cross Ready Checklist

  • I know what emergencies or disasters are most likely to occur in my community.
  • I have a family disaster plan and have practiced it.
  • I have an emergency preparedness kit.
  • At least one member of my household is trained in CPR/AED use.
  • I have taken action to help my community prepare

Building Your Emergency Preparedness Kit

There are certain items that should be in most kits regardless of your location or family make up.

Keep supplies in an easy-to-carry emergency preparedness kit that you can use at home or take with you in case you must evacuate. Make sure EVERYONE in your family knows where the kit is stored.

• Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home) • Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home) • Flashlight • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible) • Extra batteries • First aid kit • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items • Multi-purpose tool • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
• Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies) • Current digital photos of loved ones • Cell phone with chargers • Family and emergency contact information • Extra cash • Emergency blanket • Map(s) of the area.

However, there are some additional items to consider by looking at your family needs and composition. Also depending on your location to know of which occurrences you are more at risk.

• Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane) • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers) • Games and activities for children • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl, medications, pet first aid kit) • Two-way radios • Extra set of car keys and house keys
• Manual can opener

Make A Plan

Meet with your family or household members, develop a plan using some of these suggestions and then practice.

  • Discuss how to prepare and respond to emergencies that are most likely to happen where you live, learn, work and play.
  • Identify responsibilities for each member of your household and plan to work together as a team.
  • If a family member is in the military or engages in extended business travel on a regular basis, plan how you would respond if they were away.
  • If you or a member of your household is an individual with access or functional needs, including a disability, consider developing a comprehensive evacuation plan in advance with family, care providers and care attendants, as appropriate.
  • Complete a personal assessment of functional abilities and possible needs during and after an emergency or disaster situation, and create a personal support network to assist.

Be Informed

Learn what disasters or emergencies may occur in your area. These events can range from those affecting only you and your family, like a home fire or medical emergency, to those affecting your entire community, like an earthquake or flood. Based on your findings, prepare your kit and plan accordingly.

More Resources

Be Red Cross Ready Preparedness Factsheet

American Red Cross Emergency Contact Card

Download Emergency Apps from the Red Cross

Ready GA – mobile apps and other information sheets

Red Cross Emergency Preparedness

Thunderstorm and Lightning Safety Fact Sheet

Red Cross Tornado Safety Checklist






posted: Feb 6, 2017 | No Responses

Posted by:  Shannon Sanders

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