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Severe weather tips

May 24, 2011

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Spring weather can be unpredictable, so here are some tips to help you stay safe if severe weather strikes:

• Go to an underground shelter, basement or safe room.

• If that isn’t available, go to a small, windowless interior room or hallway on the lowest level of a sturdy building.

• Flee mobile homes. Seek other shelter.

• Agree with your family about where you will gather after a disaster. Choose a place near your home and another outside your neighborhood.

• Pack a disaster kit.

• Know the signs of an approaching tornado: a dark, often greenish sky, large hail, a loud roar similar to a freight train.

• If you’re caught in your car, do not seek shelter under a highway overpass. If you can get to shelter in a sturdy building, go there. As a last resort you can either: Stay in the car with your seat belt on, putting your head below the windows and covering with a blanket; or if you can get safely to an area that’s lower than the road, leave your vehicle, lie in that area and cover your head with your hands.

Some items for a disaster kit for your basement:

• Three days worth of water (one gallon per person per day) and food that won’t spoil. Don’t forget a can opener.

• A change of clothing. And don’t forget to wear your shoes.

• Medicine and a first-aid kit.

• Blankets, sleeping bags.

• Weather radio, flashlights, lots of batteries. Don’t forget: an extra set of car keys, a credit card and cash.

Source: National Weather Service, Federal Emergency Management Agency and American Red Cross

Comments

Sigmund 5 years, 2 months ago

"Three days worth of water (one gallon per person per day) and food that won’t spoil. Don’t forget a can opener."

If possible put aside more food and water so you can help provide for families in your neighborhood who are less well prepared or harder hit. It is also a good idea to have a method of heating food, or water for freeze dried meals, and for hot drinks. Some portable method of charging your cell phone (solar or hand cranked) is also a necessity these days.

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