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
- 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
- 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~