Are you prepared if severe weather strikes?

Weather can change your life and community in a moment.

Red Cross survival kitBe a Force of Nature if severe weather threatens your home or business. The Red Cross urges everyone to know what severe weather hazards are possible and be prepared should a storm occur. Everyone – individuals, businesses, schools – should take actions to get ready in the event of a severe weather disaster.

  • Get a kit. Build an easy-to-carry emergency preparedness kit that you can use at home or take with you in case you have to evacuate. Include water, food, a flashlight and extra batteries, a battery-powered or hand crank radio, first aid kit, and medications.
  • Make a plan. Talk with members of your household about what to do during emergencies. Plan what to do in case everyone is separated, and choose two places to meet—one right outside the home, in case of a sudden emergency such as a fire, and another outside the neighborhood, in case you cannot return home or are asked to evacuate
  • Be informed. Know what kinds of emergency situations may occur where you live, where you work, and where you go to school. Get trained in First Aid and CPR/AED so you’ll know what to do in an emergency if help is delayed.
  • Red Cross Apps. Get the new Tornado App for instant access to information on what to do before, during and after tornadoes. Users receive real-time NOAA tornado watch and warning alerts – whether it’s in the community where they live or places where their loved ones live. There are also apps available with first aid information and to help someone find a Red Cross shelter.
  • Emergency shut-off valves. Know where to shut-off natural gas, water, electric should time and circumstances allow.

Emergency response can be overrated compared to emergency preparedness.

Be safe, not sorry. Be prepared including maintaining your plumbing, heating and cooling equipment. Maintenance helps:

  • Lower energy use up to 30%
  • Reduce breakdowns by 70-75%
  • Cut 5-20% off repair cost
  • Extend equipment life up to 18%
  • Reduce green house gases with better efficiency