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Are You Prepared?

The Boy Scouts ask that question on a regular basis, and as a company that’s dealt with just about every type of weather-related disaster over our 30-year history, preparation is a big part of what we do as well.

We’ve addressed being prepared at home for emergencies in this space before, and as we’ve endured what feels like the windiest year on record, and head for the summer thunderstorm season, it bears repeating. The key, of course, is turning your good intentions into action. It takes time, but when a prolonged power outage or other disaster strikes, that time will prove to be well spent.

Here’s a look at what you need to be ready:

Minimum supply list for a 3-day evacuation or 2-week supply for home

  • Water: one gallon per person, per day.
  • Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items
  • Multipurpose tool/can opener
  • Battery-powered radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert, and extra batteries for both (or the crank-powered kind!)
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First Aid kit
  • Personal hygiene items: moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
  • Emergency Blanket
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Whistle
  • Matches in waterproof container
  • Disposable cups, plates and utensils
  • Extra cash
  • Books, games, puzzles or other non-electronic activities to keep children entertained and occupied

The American Red Cross says to “Get a Survival Kit – Being prepared means being equipped with the proper supplies you may need in the event of an emergency or disaster. Keep your supplies in an easy-to-carry emergency preparedness kit that you can use at home or take with you in case you must evacuate.”

The Red Cross guide is laid out in a list format, making it easy to use, and it goes in-depth as to all the supplies you should have on hand, per family member, per day (for example the one gallon of water, per person, per day noted above).  This link to the American Red Cross Survival Kit  http://rdcrss.org/1dcfyFA is a great place to start and has a 15 item at a minimum, basic supplies list.

Only you know your own family and your own circumstances, so look over the Red Cross list, compare with the one provided here and make the decisions that are best for you.  Any decision, as long as it’s accompanied by action, is better than just thinking about it.