Weather can change your life and community in a moment.

Red Cross survival kitBe a Force of Nature when severe weather threatens your family, home or business. The Red Cross urges everyone to know what severe weather hazards are possible. Create a severe weather disaster emergency plan and evacuation checklist. Minimize forgetting important items when you’re trying to move fast.

Evacuation checklist

  • 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, canned food, a flashlight and extra batteries, a battery-powered or hand crank radio, first aid kit, and medications. Of course cash and pet supplies.
  • Make a plan. What does your family do during emergencies. Plan what to do in case everyone is separated. Choose two places to meet—one right outside the home, in case of a sudden emergency such as a fire. And another evacuation location outside the neighborhood, in case you cannot return home or are asked to evacuate.
  • Learn if you qualify for D-SNAP, or Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance, utility bill help, Small Business Disaster Recovery Loan and unemployment assistance.
  • Be informed. We can predict the weather but not the scale or effects. 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.
  • Evacuation checklist includes your home emergency shut-off valves. Know where to shut-off natural gas, water and electric should time and circumstances allow.

Be prepared with an evacuations checklist.

An easy way to deal with the unexpected is to leave early. Prepare beforehand with an evacuation plan. You’ll avoid headaches, heartaches and money-aches.

Emergency response can be overrated compared to emergency preparedness.

Do not forget to maintain your plumbing, heating and cooling equipment during good times and bad times. Maintenance helps you save and keeps you safe:

  • Lower energy use up to 30%.
  • Reduce breakdowns by 70-75%.
  • Lower repair cost.
  • Extend equipment life up to 18%.
  • Reduce green house gases by lowering utility bills.
  • Have emergency shut-off valve tags so anyone can turn off trouble.

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