Storm Preparation

TAKE STEPS FOR EARLY STORM PREPARATION

Taking steps early to prepare for a storm is the best way to keep you and your family safe. Hurricanes, heavy rain, winter storms and the loss of grid power can have a serious impact on your daily lives when they create flooding or power outages. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to ensure a smooth experience should a storm affect you.

Check out the information below on some tips we have compiled to best prepare for the next storm.

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Who is Without Power and Where?

If you live in an area that was recently affected by storms or may be soon, you can now stay up to date on utility outages by using our outage tracker to see current outages state by state.

Make an Evacuation Plan

An evacuation could separate you and your family along the way. That’s why it is important to make a plan to reconnect. Discuss the following with your family before a storm hits:

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How are you going to receive emergency alerts and warnings?

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Are you going to evacuate to a shelter? If so, where?

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What evacuation route do you plan to take?

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How will you communicate during and after the evacuation?

Create an Emergency Kit

A basic emergency kit will help you keep your family safe and healthy in the event of a disaster. Start collecting the following items a bit at time to make your supply shopping stress-free and budget-friendly

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Water- one gallon per day per person for both drinking and sanitation

  • Pro-tip: fill the bathtub with water to have an extra supply for sanitation should the water utility be compromised

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Nonperishable food and a manual can opener for canned goods

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Battery-powered or hand-crank NOAA weather radio, with tone alert and extra batteries, if necessary.

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Moist towelettes and garbage bags with plastic ties for personal sanitation Flashlight and extra batteries

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First-aid kit

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Whistle, to signal for help

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Wrench and pliers to turn off utilities

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Cell phone and portable charger

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Fresh gas stored in a cool, well-ventilated area

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Cash and important papers such as property deed

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Games like cards, books or board games

FREE GUIDES FOR EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

Be prepared for anything!  Check out these great resources to help you be prepared for the next storm or natural disaster.

Storm Prep Guide

Dealing with Outages

Nonperishable Foods