After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own food, water and other supplies to last for several days. You should have a plan in place and a disaster supplies kit ready in the event of an emergency. For more information on how to prepare for severe weather, click here.
Other tips or factors to consider prior to the arrival of severe weather:
- Sign up for alerts and and tune into the local media
- What do you do during a tornado or fire?
- What is your plan when you and/or loved ones are in school, church, or out of town?
- Update emergency contact information.
- Inform someone (out of the damaged area) where you and/or your family will be sheltering.
- Check Public Storm Shelter Locations to make sure your safe place is available*.
- Since you do not know where you will be when an emergency occurs, prepare supplies for home, work and cars.
- Get your important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container.
- At least seven days’ worth of over-the-counter and prescription medications you take on a regular basis. Label the containers clearly, and include a printed-out list of everything you take and the regimen for each medication, plus a copy of your health insurance card (in case you need medical care while you’re away from your home).
- Make sure your kit has the most current picture of a child or pet in case of separation.
- A situation may arise that limits you from accessing an ATM or use a credit card. Cash on hand will allow you to get all the items you need during a crisis. Cash for emergencies should be kept in smaller bills; do not keep bills that are more than 20 dollars. You will not be able to get change; hence with small bills, you will purchase what you want without expecting change.
* Schools are not opened to the public during school hours.
- Fill up your automobile gas tank(s).
- If told to evacuate:
- Gather your disaster supplies kit and follow the designated emergency route you have been given.
- Strong Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, Hurricanes:
- Wind Events
- Gather loose yard items to prevent them becoming projectiles (lawn furniture, toys, garbage cans, and other loose lawn items)
- Check generators and chainsaws (oil, gas, tune-up)
- If oxygen-dependent, have a back up tank in case of power outage
- If in flood zone and before the chance of a flash flood
- Gather or secure loose items in the yard to prevent them from washing or floating away (lawn furniture, toys, garbage cans, and other items)
- Place disaster supplies kit items or important documents in waterproof container.
- Wind Events
- Winter Storms or long periods of cold weather
- Cover pipes and water spigots.
- Secure animals or consider bringing them indoors until the severe weather threat is over.
- Make sure you have enough food for your pet during and after the event.
- Apartments and Hotels
- Secure items on patios, balconies, and beside pools for wind events.
- Verify with management about a safe place on the property to go during the event. Also let loved ones know about that location.