Weather in our area is very unpredictable, but waiting until there is an
emergency can leave you and your family vulnerable. Read more about what
items should be in your home that can help you weather a potentially hazardous storm.
Portable Batteries and Power Banks for Cell Phones
Easy to find, but the key is to keep them charged and ready in case of
a prolonged power outage.
Snacks and Non-Perishable Food Options
Every home should always have at least a three-day supply of non-perishable
food. This is a good idea for any kind of emergency, not just ones related
to major storms.
Refill important prescriptions and essential medications before a storm
hits. Pharmacies could be closed for days or operating at odd hours, depending
on the weather or potential power outages.
Most alkaline batteries have a shelf life of five to 10 years but that
is only if they are stored at room temperature. If you are storing batteries
in your garage or attic, it may be time to check them and make sure you
have a working supply in case of an emergency.
Traditional flashlights are great but small LED lanterns or a headlamp
for hands-free light during a power outage may be better. It is also a
good idea to have a flashlight or battery light source designated for
every member of your family that is old enough to use one.
Should you need to call for help while stranded due to flood waters or
other storm-related issues, ensuring you have a whistle on your person
can help alert authorities and first responders to your location, quickly.
It is important to have a few extra rolls of toilet paper on hand, just
to tide your household over in an emergency. But always remember that
stockpiling often makes emergency situations worse. Buy only what you
need and help ensure other families also have access to basic necessities.
Ponchos and Rain Gear
If you need to leave your home, be sure family members have appropriate
shoes and rain gear that fits.
Emergency Contact Numbers
Having emergency contact information saved in your smartphone is a great
idea, but if you need to reach someone urgently and have to rely on a
landline or someone else’s phone, it’s a good idea to keep
a print out of those important numbers.