Safety Ideas for Severe Weather

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Spring is upon us and the chance of severe weather is a possibility. So, why not take the time to prepare your family in case the electricity goes off or you need to go to the basement. I think being prepared ahead of time will be less stressful AND you can teach safety as well.

Make an emergency kit. Gather supplies and place them in a plastic bin with a lid. If you find you need to be in the basement waiting out a storm you can pass the time knowing that you have some supplies for the family. FEMA recommends the following items:

  • Waterproof matches
  • Candles
  • Protein bars or snack crackers
  • Water – one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food – at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
  • Plasticware, paper plates
  • A change of clothing for each person
  • Personal care products (toothbrush, deodorant, etc.)
  • Plastic bags- quart and gallon size
  • Add a deck of cards or a travel game to the bin for you to play in case you need to be in the room for a long period of time.
  • Have a blanket and pillow and/or a sleeping bag so that you can be comfy.

School Ideas (safety and other subjects):

  • Create the emergency kit together. Have your child gather the clothes, food supplies, etc.
  • Discuss the importance of seeking shelter during a storm.
  • Show your son or daughter where a good place would be to go to in the event of a severe storm. Practice going there and turning off the lights to simulate failed electricity.
  • Have you or your child look at a map to locate tornado alley.
  • Identify cloud types
  • Discuss what creates a thunderstorm, a severe storm, and a tornado

Be Safe! ~Lisa~ 



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