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March 21 – 25 Severe Weather Preparedness Week

by Kuhrich on Monday, March 21, 2016

In honor of severe weather preparedness week we thought we would give you a few tips and ideas so you can stay safe and sane during the harsher days of spring. It may seem unbelievable but spring often has surprise snowstorms, intense thunderstorms, and all around whacky weather. To stay safe and prepared there are a few things you can do quickly and easily.

 

Make a Kit

 

Having a kit in your home, car, and work will help you be safe if severe weather hits and you can feel a bit more at ease no matter where you are. Here are a few ideas for your kit:

 

Two gallons of water

Rain Poncho

Food (preferably protein packed and nonperishable)

Swiss Army Knife

First Aid Kit(s)

Rope

Work Gloves

Space Blanket

Flashlight

Yoga mat (affordable mattress pad if you need to sleep on the floor)

Large hiking backpack (incase you need to leave)

Hand-powered radio (so you can stay alert about what is going on around you)

 

Your kit’s size should depend on your family size and how much space you have. If you live in a small apartment or you want to keep it in your car it should all fit or be attached to a large backpack.

 

Unplug

 

If you have a black out you will want to unplug all major appliances so when power returns it will not fry the electronics or create a surge. If you have children be sure to avoid candles if possible. Safety is key in a black out so having fire hazards may not be the best idea. If possible use rechargeable flashlights and solar or man powered lighting. Some regions are more susceptible to black outs. In more rural areas there is a higher chance of losing power and if you live far away from the grid you may not have power return for quite some time. If this is the case you may want to consider investing in a generator so you can still have indoor plumbing and essential electricity. If you purchase a generator be sure to run it outside or in a well-ventilated area. Otherwise your home could fill with carbon monoxide.

 

Entertainment

 

Have plenty of board games, books, and puzzles on hand to keep you and your family entertained until the power returns. You do not always know when power will return and having a few things to keep children or yourself preoccupied can help you avoid stress and bordem.

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com