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Poured Out wants you to be ready for the upcoming storm season! Check out our disaster-ready tips!
Prepare your home and family with these tips:
1) Build an emergency preparedness kit. (see list below)
2) Make a plan for how to shelter your family.
– Most disaster for the Midwest are a “shelter in place”. Have a safe room, cellar, or storm shelter. If you have to choose a room in the house, choose an interior room on the lowest level. Avoid areas with doors and windows. Bathrooms are a good spot. Have shoes and helmets or hard hats on. A mattress to pull over the top of your family will protect from falling debris. Plan to be without power and utilities for a few days. Keep stocked on groceries and supplies.
3) Predetermine places your family could evacuate to.
– Have a plan for where you and anyone else coming with you would meet up. Follow directions issued by community authorities. Be prepared to take your emergency kit with you.
4) Inventory your home.
– Take a video of your belongings and what your home looks like. Make copies of important documents and pictures. Keep the original documents in a secure place and store copies separately. Store a copy of your emergency documents in your kit.
5) Identify contact people.
– This can be anyone outside of your location (out-of-state friend or relative, etc). They can let people know where you are if you can’t contact people yourself. Have a list of other telephone numbers you might need in your emergency kit. Make sure all family members have contact numbers.
6) Training and practice.
– Have your family practice your disaster plan, know where your emergency kit is, and how to use the equipment. Things like how to use a camp stove, where extra batteries are located, how to prepare food, who to contact, etc.
7) Locate the shut off for the utilities in your home and the tools need to shut them off if a disaster strikes.
8) Identify any neighbors you should check on after a disaster. Learn where the official community shelter nearest you would be.
Build your emergency kit!
- 1 gallon of water per day per person
- 3-day supply of food per person that does not have to be cooked or refrigerated
- Cooking supplies (can opener, camping stove, utensils, pots/pans, matches, plates, baby items
- First aid kit and all Personal Medications
- Hygiene kit, feminine supplies, medical supplies
- Any medical equipment (oxygen, glucose strips, walkers, canes)
- Hand sanitizer, wipes, scissors, over the counter medications
- Personal supplies (hearing aids, glasses, toilet paper, garbage bags, bucket, diapers/baby needs, bleach, clothes, blankets)
- Weather radio, shoes, extra batteries, jacket, flashlights, whistle, paper/pen, sharpies, tools to shut off utilities, towels, tent, superglue, sewing kit, pillow, whistle to signal for help
- Generator and fuel, Carbon monoxide detector, fire extinguisher, ductape and plasctic sheeting, rope, dust mask
- Supplies for pets
- Important documents (for house, health records, birth records, photo IDs, social security, passports, cash, checkbooks, prescriptions, phone numbers, bank information, insurance documents, legal documents, inventory of possessions, utility bills, copies of keys, treasured possessions)
- For the car- road maps, gps, car repair items
- Activities for children and for distraction (books, games, etc)