How to Prepare for Severe Weather
These simple precautions can help keep your family safe during storm season.
The change of seasons is the perfect time to review your severe weather preparedness plan. Spring brings tornado and flood season, followed by hurricane season in summer and fall. Watch our video to learn the difference between a “watch” and “warning” — and how to prepare your home and family for severe storms.
One important step is packing an emergency kit. It should contain enough food, water and essentials to sustain each family member for a minimum of three days. Here’s what John, a MetLife claims specialist featured in the video, has on hand:
John’s Severe Weather Safety Kit
- At least three gallons of bottled water per person.
- Essential medications for each family member.
- Battery-powered radio, flashlight and extra batteries.
- Well-stocked first aid kit.
- Fire extinguisher.
- Fully-charged cell phone and a car charger.
- Canned food and a manual can opener.
- Supplies and instructions for purifying water.
- Essential supplies for particular family members (e.g., disposable diapers, pet food).
- Extra set of house and car keys.
- Some cash and an extra credit card.
Consider storing critical supplies in a gym bag in an easily accessible area. Because time is of the essence, you will want to grab everything quickly.
Check your kit every six months, and review the contents to see if anything needs to be added (e.g., new prescriptions, pet food for a new pet). Replace products that are nearing their expiration date (check with your pharmacist to verify the shelf life of prescriptions in the kit), and review written instructions to make sure they’re still valid.
In the event you are instructed to evacuate, also keep a small disaster supplies kit in your car. Include:
- Well-stocked first aid kit
- Booster cables
- Tire repair kit
Click here for more information on disaster preparedness from MetLife.
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