Stock Up Your Storm-Ready Emergency Kit For Your Family!
Severe weather can be extremely dangerous. While severe storms typically happen during the warmer months of summer, they can really happen at any time of year in Dutchess County—and for this reason, it is important that you are always as prepared as possible in the event of severe weather.
One of the first things you should do for extreme weather preparedness is to pack an emergency kit for your household and keep it in the area you have designated as your safe space during the storm. That way you can be certain that should severe weather threaten your home, you, your family and pets have everything they need to stay comfortable and safe.
What Should Go Into Your Severe Weather Emergency Kit?
Building an emergency kit is a great way to gain peace of mind about your family’s preparedness and can ensure that you have everything you need in the event of power outages, inability to leave the home, and any other emergency. As a bonus, this can be a great, way to teach all family members the importance of always being prepared.
It is recommended that you store your emergency kit in a rubber tote or one made of another resilient material, in an area that is handy to where you will shelter in the event of a storm. If you need help making an emergency kit checklist, hopefully the items below will point you in the right direction:
- Non-perishable food such as granola bars and canned goods
- Sealed water – one gallon per day, per person plus plenty extra for pets.
- Flashlights and their corresponding batteries
- Utensils, plates and napkins
- An NOAA weather radio (some models are powered by hand, but be sure to include extra batteries if yours requires them)
- First-aid supplies and over-the-counter medications
- Sleeping bags and blankets, pillows
- Food, medication and paperwork for pets in the home
- 2 or more changes of clothes for each person in the household including socks and shoes. Make sure you can easily grab weather-appropriate clothing if needed in a pinch.
- Any prescription medication members of the household require
- Cards, books and other sources of entertainment that do not utilize electricity
- Portable phone charges
- A copy of insurance cards and extra cash
- A map with your local emergency shelter marked on it
- Personal hygiene items such as toothbrushes and deodorant
- Baby wipes, toilet paper and hand sanitizer
- Garbage bags and sealable storage bags
Be sure to check every few months and rotate out anything like medication or food items with an expiration date.
If your home is damaged by a storm, you can count on us to help. Call us today for immediate assistance with the storm damage restoration process!