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Planning for severe weather: Make sure you have kit and plan

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We're already having an active spring storm season.

The best way to be prepared for any emergency, including severe weather, is to have a kit ready at all times and have a plan.

"Being prepared means being equipped with the proper supplies you may need in the event of an emergency," according to "Keep your supplies in an easy-to-carry emergency preparedness kit that you can use at home or take with you in case you must evacuate."

You should make sure you have the basic supplies:

Water-one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home), Food-non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home), Flashlight, Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible), Extra batteries, First aid kit - Anatomy of a First Aid Kit

Medications (7-day supply) and medical items, Multi-purpose tool, Sanitation and personal hygiene items, Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies), Cell phone with chargers, Family and emergency contact information, Extra cash, Emergency blanket, and Map(s) of the area.

The Red Cross also recommends planning and preparing with a plan of action. "It is important to make sure that the entire family is prepared and informed in the event of a disaster or emergency," according to the Red Cross. "You may not always be together when these events take place and should have plans for making sure you are able to contact and find one another."

"The American Red Cross suggests some basic steps to make sure you remain safe:

Meet with your family or household members

Discuss how to prepare and respond to emergencies that are most likely to happen where you live, learn, work and play

Identify responsibilities for each member of your household and plan to work together as a team.

If a family member is in the military, plan how you would respond if they were deployed.

Plan what to do in case you are separated during an emergency

Choose two places to meet:

̶ Right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency, such as a fire

̶ Outside your neighborhood, in case you cannot return home or are asked to evacuate

Choose an out-of-area emergency contact person. It may be easier to text or call long distance if local phone lines are overloaded or out of service. Everyone should have emergency contact information in writing or saved on their cell phones."

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