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Storm Preparedness: Create an Emergency Supply Kit

Storm Preparedness: Create an Emergency Supply Kit

An emergency supply kit is an important component of your disaster preparedness plan. When you prepare your family for a potential weather or another emergency, you should identify a safe place in (or out of) your home where you can wait out severe storms. In your safe place, you can keep a kit of supplies for use in an emergency situation. It’s best to create your kit before an emergency happens.

 

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

  • 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 and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and 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, inverter or solar charger

 

Once you have gathered the supplies for a basic emergency kit, you may want to consider adding the following items:

  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler's checks and change
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container.
  • Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or free information from this web site.
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted, nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

 

List Source: https://www.ready.gov/kit

How Does a NOAA Weather Radio Work?

How Does a NOAA Weather Radio Work?

NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) provides the Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) network through a nationwide network of local radio stations that work together to monitor and provide continuous weather updates and broadcast official weather service watches, warnings, forecasts and other hazard information. NWR also works with local and national emergency response teams to broadcast information after a major event, including natural and environmental events.

A weather radio picks up these signals, which are broadcast on the following seven frequencies (MHz):
162.400
162.425
162.450
162.475
162.500
162.525
162.550


The weather radio built into the Halo+ device needs to be set to the station for your location, just like and other weather radio. Once your station is programmed, your Halo+ device will alert you to important weather warnings and information for your specific area.

 

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/info/nwrrcvr.html

Smoke Alarm Placement in Your Home

Smoke Alarm Placement in Your Home

Smoke alarm placement and installation is the first step to a safer home. The NFPA recommends placing a smoke alarm inside each bedroom and outside of the sleeping area. You should also have a smoke detector on each floor of your home, including the basement. For smoke alarms on floors without sleeping areas, mount your detector in living and common areas and/or near your stairway to an upper floor. Remember to place your smoke detector at least ten feet away from your oven and stove to prevent false alarms. In your basement, mount your smoke alarm on the ceiling above the bottom of the stairway to the first floor.

Mount your smoke alarms high on your walls or on ceilings since smoke rises. If you have pitched ceilings, mount the alarm within three feet of the top of the ceiling, but not at the peak. If you’re not sure, the diagram on the NFPA page is very helpful. Your smoke alarms should also be mounted away from windows, doors, and vents.

Once you’ve installed your smoke alarms, test and clean them regularly to ensure they are in good working order.  According to the Red Cross and the U.S. Fire Administration, a working smoke detector in the home lowers the chances of fire death by approximately 50%.