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Severe Weather Emergency Kits: What You Need to Know

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It’s spring in the South which means severe weather and tornadoes. You and your family should take the time to create an emergency plan and kit now so you will be ready if and when severe weather hits.

Jennifer Franklin, Regional Communications Director for the American Red Cross, says to plan ahead.

“Gather your family around, have an evacuation plan of your house, build an emergency kid and also stay informed.”

The best place to go in the event of a tornado is your basement. If you do not have a basement, go to the center of an interior room on the bottom level of your home.

Stay away from windows! You want a room with no windows to the outside, such as a closet, bathroom or hallway.

Whether your survival kit is an actual backpack, or a container you can easily access, store your kit where you would go in case of an emergency or severe weather.

Make sure you have the basics-food, water, blankets, clothes, and so on. But have you thought about gloves and boots? What about a helmet to protect your head from debris? These are all things you should have for every member of your family. Don’t forget your first aid kit!

Several changes of clothes, rain gear, pillows and blankets are also encouraged.

Many injuries and emergency room visits come after an event as people do not have sufficient protection for their body when they come into contact with debris. Please use caution before, during and after any severe weather.

Have paper copies of your legal documents and emergency phone contacts. These are all items that should be on your list. Consider backing up your important files on a USB or hard drive as a backup and space saver.

You will need plenty of water as well. You should plan for several days in case of a serious emergency-that means a sufficient amount of food as well as a gallon of water per person per day in your family.

High energy foods that need no refrigeration are the best. Pack a non-electric can opener for all of your delicious food!

If you have pets, remember to have goodies and water for them as well. They are a part of the family!

Flashlights are also a necessity, but you need batteries to power them! Invest in a battalion of batteries that way you can power your devices. Candles and matches are also a good idea.

There are also solar chargers that way when the power is out, you can stay charged and connected to the world. They range in price, but they start out at around $20 to $30 dollars.

The American Red Cross has apps for your phone for various types of disasters that will alert you to watches and warnings for your area. But you can’t get those alerts if you have no battery life! Stay charged, my friends.

A battery powered radio should be ready to go when weather strikes so you and your loved ones can stay informed.

This is a long list, and there is more that could be discussed, but please take some time to create a plan and survival kits for you and your family.

The time to act is now, and a few moments now will save you later on. The weather is variable, but the safety of your family should not be.

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