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Posted on: January 6, 2017

Severe Weather Prep 101

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How should YOU prepare for severe weather?

  • Gather information throughout the day from a variety of sources. Redundancy in weather information gather is a good thing.
  • Weather radio programmed to Siloam Springs area
  • TV
  • Radio
  • Siloam Alert
  • Technology- website, social media, smart phone apps

Why should YOU have a severe weather plan?  

  • Ultimately it’s up to each individual to respond to severe weather.
  • For example, if you live in a home with a basement you can easily take shelter there, but if you live in a mobile home, you need to plan well in advance to take shelter at a friend or family members home.

How do YOU know when to implement your severe plan?

  • Again, that’s up to the individual. Some people choose to take cover and get in their safe place when a tornado warning is activated. Others choose to implement their plan when the meteorologist on the TV says to take cover.
  • A lot of factors go into when to implement a severe weather plan? Do you have children or people who need a little more time to take cover and get to their safe place? Do you have an interior room (preferably a bathroom with no windows) that’s easy to get to?

Where should YOU take cover during severe weather?

  • The safest place to take shelter is in your home 98% of the time. The exception to that is if you live in a mobile home. Remember the acronym DUCK.
  • Downstairs
  • Underneath something sturdy
  • Centermost park of your home
  • Keep away from windows

What basics do YOU need in your emergency kit?

  • 3-day water supply (1 gallon per person per day)
  • 3-day supply of food that won’t spoil and a way to open it
  • One change of clothing and shoes per person (closed-toed shoes)
  • One blanket or sleeping bag per person
  • First aid kit that includes family prescriptions, eyeglasses, contacts, etc.
  • Emergency tools
  • Extra set of car keys
  • Toiletries and moist towelettes
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Special items for infants, elderly or special need family members
  • Battery powered radio
  • Per carrier, leash and pet food for 3 days
  • Cash
  • Cellphone and chargers

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