Get Prepared. It’s Severe Weather Preparedness Week.

IMG_4264-1

Disasters can strike at any moment. In 2013, a devastating string of tornadoes-including the deadliest of the year in Moore, OK-ripped through central Oklahoma and claimed houses, schools, and lives. In the same year we witnessed major floods in Colorado, wildfires, tropical storms and other severe weather disasters across the nation.

The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) crews are constantly monitoring potential weather disasters and are ready to serve immediately. They also strongly encourage disaster preparedness.

In honor of National Severe Weather Preparedness Week-a week dedicated to highlighting the importance of being prepared for severe weather-we hope to inspire you to gather the family and put together an emergency plan. Preparing for severe weather does not have to be complicated or even expensive and it could mean the survival of you and your loved ones.

To help you and your household get started, here are a few tips courtesy of Ready. gov on how to prepare a basic disaster kit:Deluxe-72-Piece-Emergency-Preparedness-Hurricane---Disaster-Kit_83970049

  • 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

You can’t always know when severe weather is going to hit, but you can take a few simple steps in ensuring your family is prepared for when action calls.

For more information or tips on how to better prepare your family for an emergency, check out  The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services or other organizations such as: FEMA, Ready.Gov, , and the American Red Cross