Weather Academy: Severe Weather Kit
MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Last week on the Weather Academy, we talked all about storm safe places, and this week we’re going to be building our own severe weather safety kit to take into our safe place. A severe weather safety kit is a collection of life-saving tools that you’ll want to have with you when severe weather strikes.
One of the most important things to have in your severe weather safety kit is a weather radio. You’re going to be listening to this as storms are moving into your area and when a warning is issued, make sure to keep that weather radio with you as you get into your safe spot.
You’ll also want to have backup batteries and your severe weather kit. This will help if you have to have your weather radio on for an extended period. These batteries will also come in handy for your flashlight. You’ll want a flashlight in case the power goes out.
You also want to make sure that you have a first aid kit. This first aid kit should be fully stocked with band-aids and other supplies. When it washes issue, you’ll want to grab any life-saving or necessary medication and put them in your severe weather kit. That way, you can have it with you at all times.
In case significant damage occurs to your school, home, or work, you’ll want to make sure to have a whistle so you can alert people of your location in case you are trapped.
This kit is important for all types of severe weather, including hurricanes, tornadoes, and flooding. So we want to make sure that our kid can sustain us multiple days at a time. That means we will want to make sure we have food and water in our kit. You want to make sure you have a gallon of water per person in your storm shelter. You can also use nonperishable foods but if you plan on using any cans, make sure to have a can opener.
You’ll also want to throw a pair of close-toed shoes into your storm safety kit. This could be because there’ll be debris that you might have to walk over after the storm.
And finally, you’ll want to have either some sort of eye protection or head protection. This can be eye goggles, or if your kids play sports, it can be football helmets, softball or baseball helmets, or even a bike helmet.
And don’t forget about your pets! You want to make sure that they have plenty of food and water. You can store your pet carriers in your safe spot on the day that severe weather is anticipated.
If you don’t want it directly in your safe spot when it was issued, make sure that it is close by so that you can quickly put it in your safe place. You’ll be ready to go if a warning is issued.
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