Be Prepared For The Unpredictable And Perilous Spring/Summer Storm Season!

Tornadoes and LightningAs seen in recent news reports, the annual season for destructive and dangerous weather conditions, which can cause unexpected devastation without notice, is upon us!  These natural disasters can include thunderstorms, lightning, tornadoes and floods … all of which can be life threatening.  And, these conditions are not limited to the midwest region of our country as in years past … these storms can appear anywhere across the United States when climate conditions are conducive to produce these dangerous and perilous weather outbreaks.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has provided an important article titled “Prepare for Spring Weather”, which everyone should take a few minutes to read.  There is no such thing as being “too prepared” when it comes to taking care of our families during this time of year when these unpredictable storms can present the risk of injury and death within our communities.

Highlighted in the CDC article is a helpful check list of precautionary measures people should take when preparing for possible extreme weather conditions. They recommend that the following be kept on hand:

 

– A battery-operated flashlight, a battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio, and extra batteries for both

– An emergency evacuation plan, including a map of your home and, for every type of severe weather emergency, routes to safety from each room

– A list of important personal information, including:

– telephone numbers of neighbors, family and friends
– insurance and property information
– telephone numbers of utility companies
– medical information

– A first aid kit may include:

– non-latex gloves
– assortment of adhesive bandages
– antibiotic ointment
– sterile gauze pads in assorted sizes
– absorbent compress dressings
– tweezers
– scissors
– adhesive cloth tape
– aspirin packets (81 mg each)
– first aid instruction booklet

(NOTE: Customize your first aid kit to meet your individual and family needs.)

– A 3–5 day supply of bottled water and nonperishable food

– Personal hygiene items

– Blankets or sleeping bags

– An emergency kit in your car

 

Please stay safe and be as prepared as possible during this dangerous weather season.