Checklist for storm preparedness
Preparation can make a large difference in your safety before and after the storms.
With a severe storm system is approaching, some preparation can make a large difference in your safety (and comfort) before and afterward.
- Find the safe place in your home, apartment or office.
- Make sure you have a battery-powered weather radio, and extra batteries.
- Have a flashlight or battery-powered lantern handy. Candles, while providing light, can be dangerous around children and pets.
- Expect power interruptions and outages. Keep your refrigerator and freezer closed. Food should last at least 24 hours if power goes out. A manual can opener will help as well.
- Charge your cellphone, and install the WRCB News and Weather apps.
- Fill clean jugs/sinks/bathtubs with water for bathing. Moist towelettes and baby wipes can help with personal sanitation. One gallon of water per person per day is a good rule of thumb; more during warmer months.
- Know where the water and gas emergency shut-off valves are located in your home.
- Make sure outdoor furniture is secure. Patio tables and chairs can easily become airborne in strong winds.
- Have a first aid kit nearby.
- Often forgotten, be sure to secure important personal papers and documents.
- Unplug unused electronic equipment until the storm has passed.
- Don't use charcoal and gas grills indoors.
- If you're caught outside, find a low place such as a ravine or valley. Be alert for flash floods.
- Being inside a car is safer than being outdoors.