Monday, February 19, 2007

DO YOU HAVE A PLAN??


This week is Severe Weather Awareness Week, and while we are doing what we can to let you know where the storms are, you at home need to know how to stay safe through it all. Step one - have a plan and be aware of weather threats before they happen. Step two - make sure your family knows the plan and get everyone, even the kids involved. When I go to schools, I always teach kids how to build a weather safety kit and then I "deputize" them as my weather safety officers. This is a lot of fun for the kids and it gives them a sense of responsibility. In fact, I make it their homework assignment - go home and start building the kit.

Here's what a basic weather safety kit should contain:
- flashlight and batteries
- weather radio
- first aid kit
- bottled water
- dry or canned food (don't forget the can opener!)

Put these items in a cooler and make sure everyone knows where they are.

Your plan for your family's safety should involve making sure that everyone knows where to go in case of severe weather. If you know that family members won't all be in the same place during the day, make sure you have a designated meeting place. Remember, sometimes storms in this area can knock out power for several hours and you'll need to make sure your family is prepared to ride it out until things get back to normal.

For more information on family preparedness, check this link from the National Weather Service: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ffc/html/swaw07_mon.shtml. Tomorrow, we'll talk about thunderstorms.

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