Severe weather takes on many forms in Alabama-flooding, severe thunderstorms, snow and ice storms, and tornadoes.
While tornadoes can occur during any month here in Alabama, the months of March and April are considered the "peak" of tornado season. Are you ready?
The next time disaster strikes, you may not have much time to act. You should prepare NOW for a sudden emergency. By planning ahead, you can avoid waiting in lines for critical supplies, such as food, water, and medicine.
Here are some suggestions to help you get started:
- Assemble emergency supplies.
- Arrange for someone to check on you.
- Plan and practice the best escape routes from your home.
- Plan for transportation if you need to evacuate to an emergency shelter.
- Find the safe places in your home from such disasters as a tornado.
- Have a plan to signal the need for help, especially if the phone is not working.
- Post emergency phone numbers near the phone.
- If you have in-home or home health care services, plan ahead with your agencies for emergency procedures.
- Teach those who may need to assist you in an emergency, how to operate necessary equipment like wheelchairs and oxygen. Be sure they will be able to reach you during an emergency.
You should have emergency supplies packed and ready in one place before disaster strikes. You need to have enough supplies to last for at least three days. Below is a very basic list to help you get started:
- Weather Radio with battery back-up
- Flashlight and/or emergency lighting source
- Batteries and/or emergency power source
- Basic first aid kit
- Emergency food and water supply
- Extra blankets or sleeping bags
- Prescription drugs, extra eyeglasses or contacts
- Change of clothing and shoes
- Phone numbers of relatives and friends
Your basic first aid kit should include the following:
- Latex gloves
- Sterile adhesive bandages
You should have a minimum three day supply of non-perishable food that requires no refrigeration or preparation and little or no water:
- Dry cereal
- Peanut butter
- Canned fruits
- Canned vegetables
- Canned juice
- Ready to eat canned meats
- Ready to eat soups
- Quick energy snacks
- Graham crackers
- Non-electric can opener
You should have a minimum of 3 gallons of water per person, plus additional water for sanitation.
Don't forget about your pets: you should have extra food and water, plus food and water bowls, ready for them.
Remember-this is just a very basic list and is by no means a complete list of everything you will need to prepare for a disaster. For more information and more complete lists, please visit www.redcross.org www.weather.com or www.ready.gov .
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Until next time-stay safe and GO CAMPING!!!