Prepare Now for Spring Storms
Spring – and its storms, especially in Texas – will be here before we know it, so start preparing for the storms now! Developing a Storm Emergency Plan and putting together a Home Emergency Kit will help you and your family know what to do during the stormy spring weather in north Texas.
- Develop a Storm Emergency Plan. Make sure every family member knows the safe meeting place to go to inside your home. In case you must evacuate your home, plan an evacuation route and establish a meeting place. Consider an escape ladder if your home has more than one level. If you have young children, elderly people or someone with special needs living in your home, make sure there is a plan in place that will help these loved ones get to safety. It can include phone numbers of doctors and family members, an evacuation route and a location that is agreed upon prior to meet.
- Create your Home Emergency Kit. Consider including the following items in your emergency kit: flashlights, portable radio, first aid supplies, essential medications, waterproof bags, matches, candles, batteries, landline phone, safety gear like gloves and goggles, drinking water and non-perishable food for 3-4 days, emergency contact and doctors’ phone numbers, and a camera to document damage from the storm. Be sure to include non-perishable formula and diapers for babies, and pet food for your four-legged family members.
- Turn off or unplug major appliances such as microwaves, TVs, and computers. This will prevent damage to appliances and overloads to the power system when power is restored