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Severe Weather preparedness

December 21, 2013
  • TN, AL, MS, Northern GA, KY, AR- we are all in the “greatest threat” for severe weather today. MAKE PLANS now… Here are some ideas (not a complete list):

    1) gather up a “go bag” of essentials- a spare set of keys, identification for every member of your household, some cash/credit cards, water & food, CLOSED TOED SHOES (preferably with heavy soles that will protect your feet from sharp objects), warm clothes or layers, prescription medicines and other IMPORTANT belongings – these all need to be things you can carry with you. Each person should have his/her own bag, and heads of households should have IDs or copys of IDs for everyone. DON’T FORGET YOUR INSURANCE PAPERS. Also, don’t forget to keep cell phones and tablets charged, carry spare charging cables so you can re-charge at a shelter or where-ever you might end up.
    2) INCLUDE all identifying information about your pets- go out right now and take photos of your pets, include any special markings.
    3) put together “go bags” for your pets- carriers, some food, water, any medicines, proof of ownership.
    4) Livestock- I always make sure my livestock is NOT IN THE BARN (in 2008 we had to deal with horses in barns that had barns collapse on them after the tornado- or that looked like voodoo dolls due to the explosion of the barn). Make sure you have all your livestock papers with identifying marks noted, so you can prove ownership after a disaster. Livestock markers will help. http://www.tractorsupply.com/en/store/producers-pridereg%3B-livestock-markers-assorted-colors-pack-of-3
    5) If you have trailers for your livestock, load them with spare halters, corral panels, tools, other equipment. You’ll need to be able to “Fence in” your animals if a disaster strikes (and remember, your “regular” fencing may be destroyed).
    6) Here are some websites for disaster prepping:
    FEMA (remember folks, FEMA provides assistance for state and local governments in order that infrastructure can be in place for YOUR personal recovery): http://www.fema.gov/news-release/2013/11/26/holiday-season-give-gift-preparedness
    Some info on disaster prepping for cats: http://www.pawnation.com/2013/12/16/how-to-pack-an-emergency-kit-for-cats/
    Ounces of prevention survival ideas: http://greekpreparedness.blogspot.gr/2013/12/ounces-of-prevention-survival-items.html

    LAST BUT NOT LEAST… talk with your family about meeting places. If you get separated, how will you re-connect? Does everyone have a cell phone? Does everyone know how to text (often cell towers are damaged in disasters, but texting can go through)? Do you have friends/family in another state, that’s not in the danger zone, who can act as a message center? That way, your reunion efforts can be coordinated outside of the disaster area.

    Go take pictures of your property, house and belongings NOW, prior to any disaster. It will make it a LOT easier to prove losses AFTER a disaster. Keep a charged camera in your go bag. Before you start clean up, photograph the damage. I’ve seen instances where insurance did not pay because by the time the adjuster got there, it was cleaned up with no proof of damage.
    These are just some preliminary ideas. Look to FEMA’s site and Red Cross site for more detailed disaster preparedness ideas.

    Best of luck and hope everyone has a safe Solstice!