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Poured Out wants you to be ready for the upcoming storm season! Check out our disaster-ready 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.