Disaster Preparedness: Storm Disaster Plan – How To Prepare

Storm Disaster Plan: 12 Item Storm Safety Checklist

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.

  1. Storm Disaster Plan: Review your plan regularly and talk with your whole family about what to do and where to go if there is a storm on the way.
  2. Identify a Safe Room: Point out which room is the safest room in your home. This should be an interior room without windows, if possible (maybe a closet or a bathroom). This is the place your family should seek shelter when storm warnings are issued.
  3. Stock a Disaster Supplies Kit: Make sure that it is always well stocked with no out-of-date products.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.
  4. Evacuation: If you’re going to evacuate before a storm, leave as early as possible. Take with your disaster supplies kit with you, but remember to turn off the water, electricity, and gas before you go — and lock the doors and windows!
  5. Secure Your Home: Hurricane shutters are invaluable during storms. Remember to shutter all windows and glass doors, as well as remove any loose items for the yard (garden furniture, toys, trampolines, etc.) and if you have pets outside, then bring them in.
  6. Gather Extra Water: Water supplies can become contaminated during a storm, so fill up the bathtub, sinks, or kitchen equipment with as much sanitized water as you can.
  7. Adjust Appliances: Turn your freezer and refrigerator to the coldest setting in case you lose power for a few hours, or even days.
  8. 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 or power a generator.
  9. Grab Some Cash: ATMs are often out-of-action during a storm disaster, so make sure that you have some cash handy for your disaster preparedness storm plan.
  10. Charge Your Batteries: The batteries in your cell phone should be fully charged, as should the batteries for your emergency weather radio. If you have to evacuate, then remember to take your charger with you.
  11. Take “Before” Photos and Videos:  If you anticipate a severe storm, go around your home or business and take hundreds of photos or videos of everything: inside cabinets, tool boxes, closets, file drawers, rooms from different angles. You will need that information to submit to your insurance carrier.
  12. 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!


What To Do If Your Electrical Power Goes Out

During intense storms, it’s not unusual for power to go out for hours or even days on end. If this is the case for your home, consider the following tips:

• Never approach or touch a downed power line or anything in contact with the wire.
• Never use gas ovens, barbecues or portable propane or kerosene heaters for indoor heating. They use oxygen and create carbon monoxide that can cause suffocation.
• Turn off lights and electrical appliances, except for the refrigerator and freezer.
• Unplug computers to protect them from possible surges when power is restored.
• Leave one lamp on so you know when power is restored. Wait at least 15 minutes after power is restored before turning on other appliances.
• A refrigerator freezer will keep food frozen for up to a day without power. A separate, fully loaded freezer will keep food frozen for two days.
• Use an ice chest packed with ice to keep food cold. Buy dry ice to save frozen food.
• Have a charged cell phone available or a corded telephone available. (Cordless phones don’t work without power.)
• Insulate pipes and allow faucets to drip a little during cold weather to avoid freezing. — Learn how to shut off water valves in case a pipe bursts.
• Consider purchasing a power generator. Operate it only outside in a well-ventilated place.

Consider purchasing the following to help keep your family safe during storms:


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