STORM PREPARATION & SAFETY
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SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS CHECKLIST
- Water – fill up bathtubs and containers with water for washing, and also stock up on bottled water for consumption.
- Food - at least enough for 3 to 7 days, non-perishable packaged or canned food, juices, foods for infants or the elderly, snack foods, non-electric can opener, cooking tools, fuel, paper plates and plastic utensils.
- Blankets, Pillows and Seasonal Clothing Items
- First Aid Kit / Medicines / Prescription Drugs
- Special Items - for babies and the elderly
- Toiletries / Hygiene items / Moisture wipes
- Flashlight / Batteries
- Radio and Clock - Battery operated, also consider purchasing an NOAA weather radio
- Telephone - Fully charged cell phone with extra batteries and a traditional (not cordless) landline telephone
- Emergency Numbers – Keep a list of emergency telephone numbers including the local utility company
- Cash (with some small bills) and Credit Cards - Banks and ATMs may not be available for extended periods
- Toys, Books and Games
- Important documents – (in a waterproof container or bag) insurance cards, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, birth certificates etc.
- Tools - keep a set with you during the storm. Some items include duct tape, screw drivers, work gloves, safety goggles, etc.
- Vehicle fuel tanks filled
- Pet care items - ample supply of food and water, proper identification, immunization records, medications, a carrier or cage, muzzle and leash.
- Keep family and friends out of flooded basements to avoid electrical shock.
- Keep family and friends away from all downed power lines during or after a storm. Be sure to follow all manufacturers’ recommendations when using a generator to avoid tragedy. Never plug it into a wall outlet or directly into the home’s wiring.
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