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10 Ways to Prepare for Summer Storms
Summer storm season has shown up this year with a vengeance. With flooding in Texas, tornados in Oklahoma and more, this year is shaping up to be a monster season. While we can’t really help what the weather does (or really predict it past more than a few days), there are a few things we can do to protect ourselves and our families for when those strong storms come knocking. These 10 ways to prepare for summer storms are just a few ideas that you may want to consider.
Food storage – Did you know that the average American family keeps a food supply of 3 days or less in their fridge, freezer and cabinets? If the power is knocked out at your home for longer, what would happen? You would quickly run out of food. To prepare for that possibility, make sure you have at least a 2 week supply on hand.
Water – Back in 2008, when the State of Wisconsin flooded, there were multiple cities that lost their water supply to contamination. In an emergency, water is one of the very first items to disappear. Instead of having to scramble to find some for your family, store it now before you need it. Ideally, you’ll want to store 1 gallon, per person, per day and extra for each pet that you have.
Light – Power outages are no fun for anyone so be sure that you keep flashlights, a supply of batteries, candles and matches on hand. If you’ve got small kids, you may want to consider flameless LED candles, just be sure to stock extra batteries if you’re going to use them.
Batteries – Speaking of batteries? Flashlights and LED Candles aren’t the only things that take them. Make sure you have extras just in case you need them.
Grab and Go – As little as we want to think about it, there are some situations where it’s best to not stay in your home. Flooding, fire from a lightning strike, roof leaks and more. To prepare for this, be sure you have a Grab & Go bag for each family member that is packed and ready.
Gasoline – Keeping a few extra gallons of gas on hand serves two purposes. One, if you have a generator, you can use the gas to fuel it in the event that your power is out. Two, it can also be used in your car to evacuate if needed. If you’re going to be storing it for a while, be sure to add a bottle of Stabil to it to keep it from going bad.
Emergency Radio – If the power goes out, you’ll still need to be able to keep up with the weather and any alerts. Picking up a NOAA Weather Radio will help you do that. You can find them as cheap as $13 on Amazon. Be sure you spend some time on picking yours out because you can find them with a ton of different features.
Plywood – If you live in a hurricane prone area, you may want to consider keeping some plywood on hand to cover windows with. While it may not prevent damage all of the way, it will help some. You’ll also need nails or staples and a hammer to make sure you can hang the sheets.
Fire safe lock box – Having a lockbox is a must to protect your important documents like birth certificates, social security cards and any custody papers. Having them in a fire safe box as well is just a second precaution.
Insure me – Do you have renters or homeowners insurance? Storm damage is usually considered an “act of God” for insurance purposes which means that they will cover it. Flood insurance is not provided through an insurance company, but through the federal government. Both are typically very affordable and if by some tragedy, you would lose everything in a storm, your home and possessions are covered. On the same note, we never know what is going to happen and there have been many people killed by storms. Make sure that you have proper life insurance as well. The last thing any of us want is to leave our family behind with no way to pay for debts or take care of themselves.