It’s really important that you have a disaster preparedness storm disaster plan in place before the storm clouds start gathering, the more time you have and the more prepared you are, the better chance you have of minimizing the damage to your family and property.
- Storm Disaster Plan – review your plan regularly, talk with your whole family about what to do and where to go if there is a storm on the way.
- Identify a Safe Room – the safest room in your home, this should be an interior room without windows, is possible, maybe a closet or a bathroom. This is the place your family should seek shelter when storm warnings are issued.
- Stock a Disaster Supplies Kit – and make sure that it is always well stocked with no out of date products. Include a minimum of 3 days supply of water and non-perishable food, plus medication and any other items which you or your family will need.
- Evacuation – if you’re gonna’ leave, go NOW! Leave as early as possible, taking with your your disaster supplies kit, but remember to turn off the water, electricity and gas before you go, and lock the doors.
- Secure Your Home – hurricane shutters are invaluable, remember to shutter all windows and glass doors, remove any loose items for the yard – garden furniture, kids toys etc, and if you have pets outside then bring them in.
- Gather Extra Water – water supplies can become contaminated during a storm, so fill up the bath tub, sinks, kitchen equipment etc with as much sanitized water as you can.
- Adjust Appliances – turn your freezer and refrigerator to the coldest setting in case you lose power for a few hours, or even days.
- Fill Up Your Gas Tank – make sure that you have a full tank of gas, just in case you have to make a quick getaway.
- Grab Some Cash – ATM’s are often out of action during a storm disaster, so make sure that you have some cash handy for your disaster preparedness, storm disaster plan.
- Charge Your Batteries – the batteries in your cell phone should be fully charged, as should the batteries for your weather radio etc. If you have to evacuate then remember to take your charger with you.
- Check On The Neighbors – make sure that your neighbors know about your disaster plan, and (especially if they are elderly) remember to check on them and make sure that they are fully prepared with a storm disaster plan.
You see, even patio furniture can become a lethal weapon during a storm.