BE PREPARED

Prepare your home and family for severe weather

Prepare your home and family for severe weather

CREATE A FAMILY DISASTER PLAN

  • Decide ahead of time where to go if you are at home, school, work, outdoors, or in a car when severe weather hits.
  • Agree with family members on a designated place to meet if separated. Include a place directly outside the home and in your city or neighborhood.
  • Designate a friend or relative outside the area as your contact if you are separated.

KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A WATCH AND A WARNING

  • WATCH – Conditions for severe weather are possible in the specified area within 36 hours.
  • WARNING – Severe weather conditions have been reported by spotters or radar and are expected in the area within 24 hours.

INSPECT HOME AND YARD FOR POTENTIAL HAZARDS

  • Remove outdoor items such as lawn furniture, trash cans, toys and hanging plants as they may become airborne during a storm.
  • Trim or cut down weak trees and branches that could easily be broken off by high winds and damage homes.
  • Keep rain gutters, outside stairwells, window wells, drain lines and down spouts clear to prevent flooding in high rains.

PROTECT YOUR HOME’S OPENINGS

  • Protect or cover windows, entry doors, sliding glass doors, garage doors and gable end vents.

SECURE BACKUP POWER

  • Flashlights cannot power refrigerators and candles are fire hazards.
  • The American Red Cross suggests that permanently installed stationary home generators are better suited for providing backup power to the home than portable generators.

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