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.
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.
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:
How are you going to receive emergency alerts and warnings?
Are you going to evacuate to a shelter? If so, where?
What evacuation route do you plan to take?
How will you communicate during and after the evacuation?
Water- one gallon per day per person for both drinking and sanitation
Battery-powered or hand-crank NOAA weather radio, with tone alert and extra batteries, if necessary.
Moist towelettes and garbage bags with plastic ties for personal sanitation Flashlight and extra batteries
Whistle, to signal for help
Wrench and pliers to turn off utilities
Cell phone and portable charger
Fresh gas stored in a cool, well-ventilated area
Cash and important papers such as property deed
Games like cards, books or board games
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